In The Good of Politics, James Skillen argues that God made us to be royal stewards of public governance from the outset and that the biblical story of God’s creation, judgment, and redemption of all things in Jesus Christ has everything to do with politics and government.
In this irenic, nonpartisan treatment of an oft-debated topic, Skillen critically assesses current political realities and helps readers view responsibility in the political arena as a crucial dimension of the Christian faith.
“[A]n important contribution to the growing body of serious evangelical political thought. This book is a masterful articulation of a profoundly Christian political philosophy–one developed in a sophisticated conversation with a broad range of the most important shapers of Western culture.” – Ronald J. Sider, Eastern University
“The Good of Politics offers needed wisdom for an age tempted to despair about the possibility of anything good coming from politics. Judiciously tacking between empirical and normative issues, Skillen draws deeply from biblical sources and major streams of the Christian tradition in the service of a distinctively positive vision of civic responsibility for our common life. This accessible text by one of the most engaged Protestant political thinkers of his generation should find an important place in colleges, seminaries, and churches.” – Eric Gregory, Princeton University
“I have long believed that the dynamic, nonpartisan, and deeply Christian approach to politics embodied in the writings and witness of Jim Skillen offers an invaluable resource for our political moment. Here we have Skillen’s political vision at its best. Biblically rooted and generous in spirit, he engages a staggering array of topics from the early church through today and invites us to see politics as a good and faithful endeavor that can and should promote justice for all.” – Kristen Deede Johnson, Western Theological Seminary
James W. Skillen (PhD, Duke University) helped found the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), an independent, nonpartisan organization devoted to policy research and civic education for which he served as executive director and president. Now retired from the CPJ, he is engaged in full-time writing, mentoring, and speaking on political thought and public policy. Skillen has authored or edited numerous books, including Recharging the American Experiment, and lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
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