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Political visions & illusions : a survey and Christian critique of contemporary ideologies

Author: David Theodore Koyzis
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2003.
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The end of the Cold War has brought about more than the triumph of some political ideologies and the disappearance of others. In fact, the collapse of communism has created a vacuum quickly being filled by various alternative visions, ranging from ethnic nationalism to individualistic liberalism. But political ideologies are not merely a matter of governmental efficacy. Rather, political ideologies are intrinsically  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Theodore Koyzis
ISBN: 0830827269 9780830827268
OCLC Number: 51304058
Description: 281 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: ideology, religion, and idolatry --
Liberalism : the sovereignty of the individual --
Conservatism : history as source of norms --
Nationalism : the nations deified --
Democracy : vox populi vox dei --
Socialism : common ownership as salvific --
Transcending the ideologies : affirming societal pluriformity --
Toward a nonideological alternative : two historic Christian approaches --
The state and its task : doing justice in God's world --
Epilogue : toward the future.
Other Titles: Political visions and illusions
Responsibility: David T. Koyzis.

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Surveying key ideologies of our era, political scientist David Koyzis offers careful analysis and fair critique of liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, democracy and socialism. He also proposes  Read more...

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