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In Pursuit of Justice: Christian-Democratic Explorations
This is a series of eight essays on diverse public policy concerns that asks the questions: What does racial justice, or environmental protection, or family policy look like when approached from a Christian-democratic perspective? And what about the civil-society questions of welfare, education, and political participation? The author, James W. Skillen, argues that the roo ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Skillen argues persuasively in favor of a Christian-Democratic approach to politics as a needed corrective to both the right and the left in our country. The book culminates with a call for proportional representation (at least in the House of Representatives), which would make it possible for us to vote for candidates who actually most closely represent our views – not just settling for the so-called “lesser of two evils.” While the book is now almost 15 years old, somehow it feels timelier tha ...more
Skillen provides a different approach to understanding what it means to be Christian in a democratic society. He constructs his overall argument as “a Christian-democratic approach to government represents a positive advance, a move away from past accommodations to imperialist and statist structures and ideologies toward a more normative Christian realization of public justice.” (p2.) This idea provides a new way for Christian public engagement and an imaginative approach to providing religious ...more
I am impressed by Skillen's cohesive and coherent argumentation in this book. He states his assumptions clearly and traces out their foundations and implications for the reader without being overbearing. I especially like his chapters on welfare reform and the environment. He raises good questions about the nature of democracy and the need for justice, something we all too often overlook in thinking about politics.
James W. Skillen (PhD, Duke University) helped found the Center for Public Justice, an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education, which he served as executive director and president. Now retired from the Center, he is engaged in full-time writing, mentoring, and speaking on political thought and public policy. Skillen has authored or edited numerous books ...more