Wayne Grudem has written a book titled Politics According to the Bible. This is a book that I would never read. As I said on T.C. Robinson’s blog I am a bit skeptical of such an endeavor. Any time I see a book on “family in the Bible” or “eating right in the Bible” or even “politics in the Bible” I suspect it will be a bit too crisp and a bit too clean for my own liking. I know this probably pushes me into the “biblical literature/exegetes v. systematic theologians” debate so I want to clarify that I don’t mind systematics, per se, but I do sometimes worry that these types of books oversimplify subjects in a way that Scripture does not.
Book Reviews, Books (General), Politics, Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
Or just advance a personal position that one is seeking to justify through scriptures. Over the years I have become disenchanted with ministries like “Focus on the Family”. Especially when they attacked the TNIV bible, and they way they attacked President Obama.
Yes, Focus on the Family drives me batty. I wonder why Dr. Dobson never talks about Jesus saying you should hate your Father and Mother if you want to follow him. 😉
Besides, it should probably be called Politics in the Bible according to Grudem..
I would also be suspect of such a book coming from a white, upper-class, American evangelical. It didn’t have to be Grudem. It could have been any other. But I suppose Grudem will package it too nice and neatly.
Doug: Very true!
Scott: I agree, it is going to have a major slant. The funny thing is Grudem seems to continue to support the myth of objectivity. He thinks his Systematic Theology is “just what the Bible says” and now he is probably coming from the same approach with politics. It could make good support for a table with unbalanced legs.
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