Democracy and the Ten Commandments: The Politics of Limited by Robert Kimball Shinkoskey PDF

By Robert Kimball Shinkoskey

For 2,000 years Western tradition has leaned seriously at the Ten Commandments for information in faith, ethics, and morality. the writer, drawing upon sleek Biblical technology, demonstrates that these legislation have been designed for a wholly varied purpose--to supply possible choices to repressive guidelines Israel reeled lower than in Egypt. The Decalogue is a political record designed to restrict executive intrusion into deepest lives. Its precepts care for issues like political events and highbrow freedom, valuable banking and taxation, occupational selection, unfastened economic system, humane operating stipulations, neighborhood govt, correct to existence and diplomacy, land ownership and inheritance, equivalent justice and schooling, and citizenship and public health.

The author's interpretation necessitates a wholesale repositioning of Biblical faith. The Bible isn't really a publication approximately spiritual worship, yet is very a ebook approximately citizen-empowered neighborhood democracy. This essay indicates a manner out of the woods for an American democracy that has misplaced its means in a headlong veer towards heavy-handed vital government.

"Robert Shinkoskey is on a challenge to rescue from privatized piety what Orthodox Jewish theologian Pinchas Lapide calls the 'theopolitical dynamite' within the biblical poetic narratives. like several vintage, the Bible's epic ethical imaginative and prescient has perpetual relevance, and Shinkoskey applies it on to modern nationwide and foreign politics."
--Daniel C. Maguire, Professor, Marquette collage; writer, Christianity with out God: relocating past the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic ethical Narrative

Robert Kimball Shinkoskey is the writer of books in theology (Do My Prophets No Harm), close to East historical past (Biblical Captivity), the yank presidency (The American Kings), and now old constitutional legislations. he's a graduate of Stanford college, a long-time country govt employee in Utah, and a promoter of worker well being programs.

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