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Politics - According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  52 reviews
A variety of perspectives exist within the Christian community when it comes to political issues and political involvement. This comprehensive and readable book presents a political philosophy from the perspective that the Gospel pertains to all of life so Christians should be involved in political issues. In brief, this is an analysis of conservative and liberal plans to ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Zondervan Academic (first published September 3rd 2010)
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Mark Sequeira
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I respect Wayne Grudem but this book should be titled, "Politics according to the far right Republican Party. Sorry. I am a conservative but I am also a thorough-going Biblicist and political activist (in the good, community-sense trying to bless others and expand the Kingdom of God in visible and invisible ways that God would own!) and I must say, IMHO this book is just an atrocious mess.



I wish I could be more gracious - but writing a book in admitted response to the recent growth in readershi
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Adam Calvert
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
While I appreciate that Grudem presents the reader with a lot of thoughtful research and analysis in well presented style, tone, and sincerity, I have a very difficult time in seeing how this book lives up to its title.

The book is definitely about politics from a Christian perspective - Grudem's Christian perspective. But it is certainly not a standard on politics "according to the Bible."

As far as I’m concerned it really seems like the book presents the Republican platfo
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Chase Austin
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing


"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5)

As citizens of a democratic nation it is our civic duty to be well-informed on the pressing issues at hand, so that our decisions or votes convey our personal beliefs of what we would have the government accomplish or not accomplish. As a Social Studies teacher this is how I explain civic duty to my students, what I cannot share with my stude
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Mark Glidden
Apr 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rubbish
The title of this book is very misleading. There ought to be a subtitle stating "If you are a Fundamentalist and have removed all trace of conscience". This book is such twaddle that it almost defies any sort of serious attempt at criticism. It's cold in it's approach towards so many sensitive issues, but most painfully, so unashamedly polarizing in the way it deals with literally every single political issue we face in the 21st century. Grudem is infuriating in his self-righteous espousal of Bi ...more
Eric Abisror
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book on politics. It was helpful to read all the way through, but can easily be a reference book as well.
Ryan
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great reference book for those wishing to connect biblical faith and politics
Tj
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I do not agree with everything he says, but great resource for Christians and politics. Very Biblical.
Nanette
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read. Period.
Sean McGowan
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
This book was very useful. The section on the Supreme Court as well as the various discussions on the issues makes it well worth the read.
Adam
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Review of Wayne Grudem’s Attempts to be Comprehensive

Politics is a very broad subject which allows for a great deal of disagreement. Likewise, the Christian faith has many values that are unique to individuals and groups. Combining the two is not always easy, and it certainly does not make for precise clarification. Each system presents a unique set of biases which have a tendency to taint the other. Understanding what the Bible teaches about politics ought to be a great concern for Christian
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Jonathan
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
The buyer should beware: for virtually all of the issues Grudem lines up with the conservative Republican side. He states this unapologetically upfront in the book's introduction. He believes he is siding with Republican policies simply because they align with the teachings and principles in Scripture. Christians who are politically liberal will find this a hard pill to swallow. Nevertheless, Grudem does give arguments and the politically liberal Christians will need to deal with those arguments ...more
Jean
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grudem gives compelling arguments, supported by Scripture, for many social issues that Christians struggle with these days. This book is very long! I only got to Part 2 - Chap. 6 before it expired at the library. I listened to the audio version and don't care much for the narrator. But my husband thought he was good.
Jim
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written, balanced and fair. An excellent reference for any political topics.
Elliott Rinehart
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity
Very biased. Book does not consider cultural differences between parts of America, the world and even the Bible.
Connor Longaphie
Wrong
Kingsley Layton
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
In a world that expects subjective morals and situational ethics, this is a must read for any Christian running or involved in running in politics.
Daniel
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I’m having a hard time figuring out what exactly to say about this book. Grudem consistently argues that conservative, specifically Republican, values and policies are more in alignment with the Bible than liberal, Democratic values. He has every right to make his case, and he does so very openly and explicitly multiple times. However, the consistent alignment between him and the Republican party does cause me to wonder how impartial he really is. The book is titled "Politics- According to the B ...more
Paul Kurtz
Overall, I liked this book and thought it was a worthwhile read. I thought Dr. Grudem gave very good arguments for his conservative political convictions, which I mostly agree with, and was able to do a good job of supporting most of those convictions from the Bible. Although I did think the Biblical support stated for some of his views was pretty weak. For example, he tried to argue that the Bible favors some sort of democratically elected civil government over other forms such as monarchies or ...more
Todd Miles
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ethics, politics
About 100 pages into this volume I thought, "This is a book on conservative political positions, not a theological treatise on social ethics." Then I looked at the title and sheepishly realised that the book is exactly what it claims to be.
Wayne Grudem's "Politics" is really a conservative Christian response to Jim Wallis's "God's Politics." In typical Grudem style the volume is expansive, comprehensive, and is totally submitted to the authority of Scripture with solid exegesis and legitimate p
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Gabriel
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Grudem in taking on the issue of government and the church seeks to help Christians in making better (and informed) decisions in regards to their politics. His first section on a Christian perspective of government is worth it’s weight in gold and I think he does a great job in providing practical thinking. However, the bulk of the book revolves around different topics and ideologies that are political in nature. It comes as no surprise as to which part of the political spectrum Grudem most firm ...more
Matt
Sep 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very little to like - even as a conservative

Shallow analysis. Several substantial stretches. Here's a couple examples:

1. The subchapter on the F-22 raptor was borderline absurd. How one can deduce the specific requirements of an army navy or air force from the Bible remains a mystery even after reading that chapter.

2. The chapter on an unbiased press is ridiculous. Sure, large chunks of the media are in fact biased, but there's no evidence in the book that this is a biblical issue.
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Larry Killion
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Politics According to the Bible. by Wayne Grudem.

I have the hard copy of Grudem's book discussed here. It is available now in electronic format. Heard about it at a local non-partisan political activist meetup group I've been involved with. Bought it on the cheap through Alibris. Took it with me to a conference on "Understanding the Times" back in May of 2011 sponsored by Family Research Council and Watchmen on the Wall. Grudem was one of the speakers. Got him to sign my copy. :) I
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Shane
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians wanting to know how their faith should influence their politics.
Shelves: politics
Wayne Grudem is a theologian and scholar who has that rare ability to take complex and profound concepts and explain them in layman's terms. I was very impressed with his landmark text, "Systematic Theology." After reading this work, I knew I had to read "Politics According to the Bible." In this second book, Grudem gives well-reasoned arguments on topics that many Christians are afraid to touch for fear of offending others. Grudem examines current issues such as gay marriage, national defense, ...more
Iain Hamill
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found the first few and the last chapter of this tome most useful, primarily as a good reminder of the duty a Christian has to be involved in, and seeking after the best for the society around him.

It has an obvious US focus though, and several chapters on party politics dragged a bit for me, despite what might at first glance be a fairly strong parallel between the Republican/Tory, Democrat/Labour 2 party system. I thought Grudem was strong on welfare and the nature of our responsi
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Xergio
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am a seminary trained, ordained Baptist pastor in Texas. I have a congregation that I serve and where I preach weekly. With those credentials I should be a fan of this book, but I am not. It is a tremendously long book where the policies of the very right side of the Republican party are given a light coat of Bible verses. I respect that someone sustains these views and these opinions, but to try to make me believe that this is what the Bible teaches and that therefore as a Bible believing Chr ...more
Jason Park
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Dissertation on Politics from a Wise Biblical Scholar

I don't agree with absolutely everything that Wayne Grudem argues for in this book, and I would be glad to see some specific counterpoints to some of his arguments, but I admire the depth of thought and the great amount of time that he put into this book. It is truly an important book that outlines the beliefs of most evangelical Christians (including me) and how they relate to the Bible. For 95% I was intrigued and grateful, for 3% I was
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Eric Molicki
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, politics
This is a solid work by Grudem. The first half serves as a theological foundation to addressing specific issues in the second half. While I don't agree with all of his conclusions, I appreciate the careful, nuanced reasoning he presents. He identifies from the beginning that some of his reasoning will be explicitly Biblical, while in other places, he goes beyond direct application to suggest what is no longer normative, but seems consistent with Scripture concerning different issues. Overall, a ...more
Thomas Achord
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, theology
Intro-level reading and discussion of a wide range of political-theological topics. I found some of his interaction shallow and glossy at times, but this reflects Grudem's aim for the book rather than his personal thinking. Though, I wish he would have gone more in depth in many places. Also, Grudem's approach seems to be - I don't know how else to say this - very "American". I'll elaborate more at a later time.

BJ
Aug 25, 2013 added it
Read a good portion of Part 1 of this large book. Will be a helpful, but by no means sufficient, evangelical resource on politics. Grudem focuses on the Bible's view of politics and comes to mostly politically conservative conclusions which he believes are justified by the biblical data. Would love to know of some other political books done in a biblical and theological way, with a high view of Scripture, that would challenge some of his conclusions.
Randall Hartman
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Good resource for understanding US politics, particularly background and key principles. A rare connection of faithful Biblical perspective with conservative political views. Weakest in picking selected issues as illustrations because he doesnt' fully develop both sides and is a bit simplistic in application. Given the still relatively massive size, I suspect this was a compromise necessitated by length.
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Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theologica ...more
“But won’t political involvement distract us from the main task of preaching the Gospel? At this point someone may object that while political involvement may have some benefits and may do some good, it can so easily distract us, turn unbelievers away from the church, and cause us to neglect the main task of pointing people toward personal trust in Christ. John MacArthur writes, “When the church takes a stance that emphasizes political activism and social moralizing, it always diverts energy and resources away from evangelization.”83 Yet the proper question is not, “Does political influence take resources away from evangelism?” but, “Is political influence something God has called us to do?” If God has called some of us to some political influence, then those resources would not be blessed if we diverted them to evangelism—or to the choir, or to teaching Sunday School to children, or to any other use. In this matter, as in everything else the church does, it would be healthy for Christians to realize that God may call individual Christians to different emphases in their lives. This is because God has placed in the church “varieties of gifts” (1 Cor. 12:4) and the church is an entity that has “many members” but is still “one body” (v. 12). Therefore God might call someone to devote almost all of his or her time to the choir, someone else to youth work, someone else to evangelism, someone else to preparing refreshments to welcome visitors, and someone else to work with lighting and sound systems. “But if Jim places all his attention on the sound system, won’t that distract the church from the main task of preaching the Gospel?” No, not at all. That is not what God has called Jim to emphasize (though he will certainly share the Gospel with others as he has opportunity). Jim’s exclusive focus on the church’s sound system means he is just being a faithful steward in the responsibility God has given him. In the same way, I think it is entirely possible that God called Billy Graham to emphasize evangelism and say nothing about politics and also called James Dobson to emphasize a radio ministry to families and to influencing the political world for good. Aren’t there enough Christians in the world for us to focus on more than one task? And does God not call us to thousands of different emphases, all in obedience to him? But the whole ministry of the church will include both emphases. And the teaching ministry from the pulpit should do nothing less than proclaim “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). It should teach, over the course of time, on all areas of life and all areas of Bible knowledge. That certainly must include, to some extent, what the Bible says about the purposes of civil government and how that teaching should apply to our situations today. This means that in a healthy church we will find that some people emphasize influencing the government and politics, others emphasize influencing the business world, others emphasize influencing the educational system, others entertainment and the media, others marriage and the family, and so forth. When that happens, it seems to me that we should encourage, not discourage, one another. We should adopt the attitude toward each other that Paul encouraged in the church at Rome: Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God…. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother (Rom. 14:10–13). For several different reasons, then, I think the view that says the church should just “do evangelism, not politics” is incorrect.” 1 likes
“We spread the Gospel by the proclamation of the Word of God (see Rom. 10:17). But God has told us that we should restrain evil by the power of the sword and by the power of civil government (as in the teaching of Romans 13:1–6, quoted above, p. 37). If the power of government (such as a policeman) is not present in an emergency, when great harm is being done to another person, then my love for the victim should lead me to use physical force to prevent any further harm from occurring. If I found a criminal attacking my wife or children, I would use all my physical strength and all the physical force at my disposal against him, not to persuade him to trust in Christ as his Savior, but to immediately stop him from harming my wife and children! I would follow the command of Nehemiah, who told the men of Israel, “Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes” (Neh. 4:14; see also Genesis 14:14–16, where Abraham rescued his kinsman Lot who had been taken captive by a raiding army). Boyd has wrongly taken one of the ways that God restrains evil in this world (changing hearts through the Gospel of Christ) and decided that it is the only way that God restrains evil (thus neglecting the valuable role of civil government). Both means are from God, both are good, and both should be used by Christians.” 0 likes
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