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God and government : biblical principles for today : an introduction and resource

Author: Cornelis Van Dam
Publisher: Eugene : Wipf & Stock Publishers, ©2011.
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Ours is a time of rapid cultural change with new economic challenges. People look to their governments for leadership and solutions. But what can and should government do to meet the difficulties that beset a nation? What can citizens expect from their elected representatives? What is reasonable? And what should citizens do? What are their responsibilities? This book addresses such fundamental issues through the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cornelis Van Dam
ISBN: 1610973267 9781610973267
OCLC Number: 773015393
Description: xvi, 311 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The heritage of the Western world --
The origin and task of civil government --
Church and state --
Human rights, norms, and toleration --
Some current issues --
Marriage and family --
Work and rest --
The environment --
Multiculturalism --
Getting involved --
Resources : a selection of helpful organizations.
Responsibility: Cornelis Van Dam.

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Ours is a time of rapid cultural change with new economic challenges. People look to their governments for leadership and solutions. But what can and should government do to meet the difficulties that beset a nation? What can citizens expect from their elected representatives? What is reasonable? And what should citizens do? What are their responsibilities? This book addresses such fundamental issues through the eyes of Scripture and against the backdrop of North America's dual heritage of Christianity and humanism. Government, politics, and the Bible do not seem like a good mix. But as this book aims to show, the Bible has much wisdom to teach us about the place and role of government and its citizens. Biblical principles work because God knows how his world and his servant governments are supposed to function. After all, he ordained the governing authorities, and the principles enunciated in his Word are timeless and remain practical. This book introduces fundamental biblical principles that apply to government and politics. The intent is to inform and to motivate the reader to get involved where possible in the political processes of the day. Our legislators need the input and help from their knowledgable Christian constituents.

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