Fundamentals of Christian Statesmanship: A Study of the Bible from the Standpoint of Politics and the State

Fundamentals of Christian Statesmanship: A Study of the Bible from the Standpoint of Politics and the State

Fundamentals of Christian Statesmanship: A Study of the Bible from the Standpoint of Politics and the State

Fundamentals of Christian Statesmanship: A Study of the Bible from the Standpoint of Politics and the State

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This work is completed in my ninety-first year. It is the product of the years of retirement from the active duties of college.

Though completed so late in life, the subject has interested me since my boyhood days, just before and during the Civil War. Then feeling ran high and there were great discussions in many Protestant churches, in forums, and in Christian homes on the moral and religious aspects of the Dred Scott decision, slavery and its extension, secession, etc., etc. Ministers in the North, strongly believing in the application of Christian principles to public affairs, had no difficulty in finding texts in Holy Writ that bore directly upon the themes so hotly discussed.

No one can look over the table of contents without seeing that the relation of Christianity to the State involves so wide a range of thinking and research that no one book can treat the subject thoroughly. It seemed to me, however, that a conspectus of the whole theme, even though regrettably condensed and summarized, might be of value from both a Biblical and a political point of view.

Those who do me the honor of perusing the work will hardly see in it more defects than does the author. He begs a charitable judgment.

The publishers of the numerous books from which quotations are made have given generous permission to quote from the works cited. As the publishing houses have full right to protect their property, this concession has been highly appreciated. Many of the quotations from the Bible are drawn from the American Revised Version (ARV), and arrangements with the Association that holds the copyright have been made for the use of that version.

As I had elective college classes in this subject for several semesters, I owe much to the discussions there aroused. My thanks are due, also, to ministers, to colleagues in the faculty, and to others with whom the subject in one form or another was the theme of our conversation.

Lastly, I am much indebted to my son, Benjamin, once a Rhodes Scholar, who has carefully read, reread and criticized the text and . . .

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