Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective
Political Christianity: A Call to Action by Christian Citizen (Author)
Dear American Christian, Our political situation is bleak: nation-building, rising taxes, broken election promises, immoral legislation and legislators... the list goes on and on. But we've allowed this to happen. For the last 150 years, throngs of American evangelicals have surrendered under the white flag of pietism, refusing to enter the "worldly" political arena. By default, Christians have allowed God and His Word to be shut out of politics, enabling secularists to install a new Western Savior -- the omnipotent State. Political Christianity is a manual to help establish a truly biblical approach to politics. Impressively thorough yet concise, this readable book covers a great deal: from political presuppositions to biblical principles of government. It even provides practical insight into the pesky "lesser-of-two-evils" voting dilemma. With this book, Christian Citizen joins the honorable ranks of anonymous American Patriots who have fought with their pens for the cause of liberty and justice under God. Christian Citizen is anyone who has taken the time to apply the Scriptures to every area of life, public and private. It's high time we all become true Christian Citizens. Think like a Christian. Then act like one privately and publically. This is your mission... whether or not you choose to accept it. Political Christianity: A Call to Action is not for you... You already take your Christian civil duties seriously. You recognize how far America has fallen from her once exemplary Christian republicanism. And you're doing what you can to reverse that: voting conscientiously, running for local office, supporting Christian legal and political movements with your money and time, teaching those around you about the history of the United States and the principles of biblical government... No, this book is not for you. It's for your neighbor.
Men and Marriage
Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life by Charles J. Chaput
“People who take God seriously will not remain silent about their faith. They will often disagree about doctrine or policy, but they won’t be quiet. They can’t be. They’ll act on what they believe, sometimes at the cost of their reputations and careers. Obviously the common good demands a respect for other people with different beliefs and a willingness to compromise whenever possible. But for Catholics, the common good can never mean muting themselves in public debate on foundational issues of human dignity. Christian faith is always personal but never private. This is why any notion of tolerance that tries to reduce faith to private idiosyncrasy, or a set of opinions that we can indulge at home but need to be quiet about in public, will always fail.”
—From the Introduction
Few topics in recent years have ignited as much public debate as the balance between religion and politics. Does religious thought have any place in political discourse? Do religious believers have the right to turn their values into political action? What does it truly mean to have a separation of church and state? The very heart of these important questions is here addressed by one of the leading voices on the topic, Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
While American society has ample room for believers and nonbelievers alike, Chaput argues, our public life must be considered within the context of its Christian roots. American democracy does not ask its citizens to put aside their deeply held moral and religious beliefs for the sake of public policy. In fact, it requires exactly the opposite.
As the nation’s founders knew very well, people are fallible. The majority of voters, as history has shown again and again, can be uninformed, misinformed, biased, or simply wrong. Thus, to survive, American democracy depends on an engaged citizenry —people of character, including religious believers, fighting for their beliefs in the public square—respectfully but vigorously, and without apology. Anything less is bad citizenship and a form of theft from the nation’s health. Or as the author suggests: Good manners are not an excuse for political cowardice.
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Milton Friedman
Selected by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the "hundred most influential books since the war"
How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? In this classic book, Milton Friedman provides the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy—one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom. The result is an accessible text that has sold well over half a million copies in English, has been translated into eighteen languages, and shows every sign of becoming more and more influential as time goes on.
Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
The Inhumanity of Socialism by Edward F. Adams
The author offers a basic analysis of economic fundamentals and compares the capitalist and socialist viewpoints. Fundamental to his argument is the idea that personal profit motivates economic productivity like no other force, and that the maximum possible economic output is achieved in a system that utilizes that. He does acknowledge the evils of capitalism, but contends that the greater collective good is higher under capitalism than it would be under socialism. He emphasizes that his arguments are rooted in logic, not emotion, which is necessary when considering economics scientifically, but also acknowledges the importance of humanism and spends time discussing the application of humanist concerns within a capitalist system. Overall, the book is a fairly short and simple read that clearly and concisely explains simple economic concepts that are still relevant to modern society.
Now Elijah! - Christian Ministry & Missions Work: Elijah's call has now become our call. by David L. Carey
Are you tired of being a Christian without purpose? Now Elijah! will help prepare you for the nation-changing role God has ordained for each Christian in this crucial time. God raised up Elijah in an hour of great need. Can there be any question that our nation needs God's help? Now Elijah! will help you understand what God has called you to be and to do. You will also discover how your calling fits into God's perfect plan. After years of preparation, God said to Elijah, "Now!"
Do you hear God calling? is your moment now? Are you ready for the greatest revival this planet has ever seen? If not, why?
Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students