By Stephen Charles Mott
Arguing that american citizens make political offerings when it comes to a common thought of correct and improper, but lack a valid, target origin for such values, evangelical pupil Stephen Mott formulates a Christian political concept that provides such norms. Drawing on theological and biblical resources, Mott completely develops the biblical and theological foundations for politics and political review. Mott proposes that political philosophies can be evaluated in gentle of Christian theological and moral values--specifically the certainty of energy, human nature, the character of workforce lifestyles, justice and love, govt, and time. He then applies this severe framework in an assessment of political ideologies, together with conventional conservatism, liberalism, democracy, laissez-faire conservatism, Marxist socialism, and democratic socialism. He offers specified cognizance to their classical exponents and concepts. announcing that political visions eventually depend upon cultural values that themselves require lively non secular religion in a selected society, Mott's research bargains a beneficial advent to Christian political suggestion in addition to an illuminating examine the relationship among politics and faith.
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In the next section we will see that the factors that would seem to make types of people assured enough to handle power at the same time tend to blind them dangerously to dangers peculiar to the type of strength that they appear to have. "Ideal Secure Persons"? 58 Each of these groups could be considered as those who are most capable of being trusted with power. They would appear to be those best equipped to have power over others. We have seen that power gives a false sense of security and creates its own insecurities.
I who can have, through the power of money, everything for which the human heart longs, do I not possess all human abilities? Does not my money, therefore, transform all my incapacities into their opposites? 50 Doing Human Nature Justice 35 Wealth does not provide a security that satisfies the desire for more. The president of Tanzania states, Man can only eat so much, and wear so many clothes, and live in one place at a time. That is why in rich societies an ever decreasing proportion of the national wealth is devoted to meeting these basic needs.
46 As a fifteen-year-old black youth in Boston told Robert Coles, "They'll just keep on walking all over us. They always have. They still do. "41 A black mother and maid found defensive power in her job and her attitude toward it, My daddy used to tell us: be a fighter, be like Joe Louis—hit back, hit back. Well, I've never hit anyone back in my whole life, but I can tell you, I try to hit back by getting up and down my work and not setting back and saying Oh, my gosh, and Oh, my gosh, until I'm just so low in my spirits that I'm no good to anyone and no good to myself either.
A Christian Perspective on Political Thought by Stephen Charles Mott