THE CHRISTIAN IN POLITICS by Walter James
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THE CHRISTIAN IN POLITICS

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Is it possible for a Christian to act as a Christian in the political life of his nation, or must religion and political life be kept apart, either by design or necessity? This problem is more apparent in the U.S. with its historic tradition of the separation of Church and State, but it is implicit in other nations as well, since the political life seems to make demands that are antithetical to the Christian way of life. It is stimulating, therefore, to have such a book as this by Walter James who is editor of the Times (London) Educational Supplement. There is a strong tradition of Christian participation in politics in Britain, often with widely different party allegiance, so he discusses the role of a Christian in politics with a wealth of tradition and experience to draw on. But also he goes back to the early Church to discover the roots of Christian attitudes to politics, and then follows the development through late centuries. He quite properly reminds as that there is a common honesty, a concern for people, a sense of justice, a hatred of which may be looked for in all politicians of whatever faith. What a Christian may specifically hope to accomplish in a largely non-Christian world is limited. think that Christianity is the great panacea for all earthly difficulties in a world of . Nonetheless, the Christian remains an instrument of God, always under judgment, and works with his fellows as a colleague to bring to bear the Christian insights which some from obedience to the Divine Law. Under the commandment of love, the Christian than others, since his real concern is with relations between man and . The problem which calls this book into being demands that this book be read by all who would be responsible Christian citizens.

Publisher: Oxford