Category Archives: Reviews

Free Markets: Do they work?

This is the next post in the series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. We’re currently in the middle of his section on the aims of economic policy. Today we focus in on his arguments about free markets. Grudem begins by marking out some fairly widely agreed common ground – there needs […]

What’s the point of economic policy?

This is the latest in our series of posts critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at the question of what the main aim of economic policy should be. Grudem doesn’t directly address this question, although it is clearly one of the most important questions to ask when deciding policy. […]

Property: Theft or Right?

This is the latest in our series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at the start of one of the most controversial chapters, chapter 9 – which covers the economy. Grudem starts this chapter by looking at the question of private property. Before examining what Grudem says, I want […]

Should we ban corporal punishment?

Today we’re continuing our series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at Chapter 8: The Family, and its section on corporal punishment. For clarity’s sake, Grudem repeatedly uses the word “spanking” which has a rather different meaning this side of the Atlantic (if you don’t know what that meaning […]

Education, Education, Education

Today, I’m resuming the series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today, we’re starting out on chapter 8: The Family, and covering the issue of education. We’ll also be bringing in some arguments Grudem makes in chapter 15: Special Groups, where he takes American teachers’ union the NEA to task because it […]

Should Porn be banned?

This is the next in our series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at the section on pornography that’s at the end of Chapter 7 (which is on marriage). Is pornography sinful? Grudem starts off by pointing out that the Bible portrays sex outside of marriage as sin. He […]

God, politics, and marriage

This is the next in our series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at chapter 7, on the issue of marriage. Before we start on what Grudem actually does say, it’s worth pointing out that the chapter doesn’t mention promiscuity and cohabitation, which are, in reality, the biggest threats […]

Should we own guns?

This is the next in our series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at the final part of chapter 6 (which is about the protection of life), the question of gun laws. What is your reaction when a madman walks into a school with a gun and starts shooting? […]

Crime, Punishment, and the Death Penalty

This is the next in the series of articles critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we look at the section on the death penalty. This is the only point where Grudem looks at the principles behind the criminal justice system (which is the wider context in which we have to look […]

Euthanasia

This is the next in the series critiquing Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible. Today we’re looking at the second issue in the chapter on The Protection of Life, Euthanasia. On Friday, we’ll be looking at capital punishment and on Monday, we’ll finish up by looking at the issue of gun control. Euthanasia, […]