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The Political Teachings of Jesus [Hardcover]

By Tod Lindberg (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 1.2"
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060898631  
EAN  9780060898632  

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Since the beginning of the Christian era, people have used the words and ideas of Jesus to justify all manner of political action. Despite these repeated attempts, few have been able to move past the rhetoric and understand the true nature of Jesus's political views.

Now, in The Political Teachings of Jesus, longtime political analyst and commentator Tod Lindberg goes beyond political punditry to address how Jesus's words and teachings---once a radical set of ideas---have come to define our concept of government and our vision for society. With nuanced prose, Lindberg draws a crucial distinction between Christ's religious and political teachings, presenting a detailed discussion of the world transformation that Jesus sought through his words, stories, and sayings.

Guiding readers through the social and political dialogue of the Gospels, Lindberg expertly analyzes how Jesus's principles of universal freedom and equality have combined in our social order to become the unacknowledged bedrock of the modern world. In addition, he offers a provocative look at the role that Jesus's words have played in the formation of the modern democratic ideal, demonstrating how the basic principles of both liberal and conservative thought find common roots in the Christian messiah's words.

Through close reading of the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus's parables, Lindberg offers a sophisticated portrait of Jesus as a teacher of unique insight and perception, one whose political views have transcended time and become essential to the way everyone lives in our society. In an era when people on both sides of the aisle are prone to using Jesus's beliefs for their own ends, The Political Teachings of Jesus is a refreshingly clear-eyed take on our shared concepts of government and society---and their common roots between the covers of the New Testament.

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More About Tod Lindberg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and editor of the award-winning journal Policy Review. A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and editor of the book Beyond Paradise and Power, Lindberg is a frequent analyst on National Public Radio. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Tod Lindberg has an academic affiliation as follows - Hoover Institution, USA.

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The Golden Rule as a Revolutionary Idea?  Dec 21, 2007
The conventional wisdom of historical biblical scholars is that Jesus was your typical apocalyptic figure; just more historically successful than others. As such his basic message was to announce to mankind to prepare for the kingdom of God; not your typical "political" state. A claim that Jesus' message was "political" would seem to be highly problematic since the political deals with an ongoing human society.
Because of this I was very intrigued to see what Lindberg could possibly be talking about. Rendering his message down to basically, the "Golden Rule," and that we should treat others well, one has to wonder about the supposed groundbreaking nature of Jesus' purported message.
Virtually all moral systems, including those prior to Christianity, have had versions of the golden rule as part of their moral maxims. Mankind didn't need another version from Jesus.
Jesus fortunately or unfortunately, remains an apocalypic figure, unconcerned with the ongoing tribulations of political society. Nice try Tod.
A Quest for a Political Jesus?  Oct 10, 2007
Todd Lindberg is a political analyst and research fellow at the Hover Institution, Stanford University and editor of the prestigious Policy Review. In his new book, Lindberg wants to examine whether it is possible to separate the political teachings of Jesus from his religious teachings. He is upset with the fact that everyone in the USAmerican political scene is quoting Jesus, left, right and centre to support their political views.

Lingberg's thesis is simple: It is possible to separate the political and religious views of Jesus. The basis of the political teachings of Jesus is the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." He called this the `Jesusian' teachings as opposed to his religious or Christian teachings. The Jesusian teachings are about living with one another. A Jesusian society will be one in which there is freedom (within limits) and all men are equal (with limits). This freedom and equality are governed by the Golden Rule. According to Lingberg, the foundations of many of the varieties of democracy we are living in are the results of the Jesusian teaching.

He examined the political teachings in the Sermon on the Mount, the Four Gospels and in Jesus' parables. This is an interesting approach to Jesus' teaching. However, I wonder whether it is possible delineate so clearly the political teachings of Jesus from his religious teachings. Lingberg struggled in defining the Kingdom of heaven and the need for a king. He also has problems fitting the miracles that Jesus performed into his Jesusian teachings. However, it does bring out the important point that Jesus' teachings is not so much for the hereafter as how we are to live with one another in the here and now.

There is an ongoing Quest for a historical Jesus. I hope this is not the start of a Quest for a Political Jesus.
Exceptional!  Sep 19, 2007
In this exceptional book, Lindberg clearly articulates our Judeo-Christian cultural/political heritage; what it means, where it came from, and more importantly, it illustrates where and why this heritage is so very different from others. A more thorough debunking of the PC myth of cultural/political equivalence I cannot imagine.
I am not christian...I am not religious....  Aug 26, 2007
Before I write this review, I want to say that I am not christian...I am not religious....I do not believe in god, divinity, heaven, life after death...doing good on earth and getting rewarded in heaven. My car is plastered with anti-religious stickers.

I found this book a truly amazing examination of the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible. This book examines what Jesus says minus all the divinity stuff. Just focusing on and examining what guide lines he gave for living on earth ...and motivated only by rewards that could be gotten here on earth.

The basis of the message is "Treat others as you would have them treat you." But this book examines what he was saying in the Beatitudes (totally new understanding for me..I have never heard this is Sunday School), how far do you have to go in turning the other cheek, etc.

I highly recommend this book, especially for non-christian, non-religious people like me.
the teachings of Jesus underlie our democracy  Jul 17, 2007
Some people consider the teachings of Jesus as too goody goody for the real world. They're dead wrong. As Tod Lindberg shows, Jesus' teachings are practical and underlie our democracy. We wouldn't have the country we have today if it were based on any other foundation. Even tho some of the founders, such as Jefferson, were athiests, they were profoundly influenced by the Golden Rule that Jesus taught -- treat others the way we want to be treated. Incidently, as Alli Sina shows in his book, "Understanding Muhhammad," Muslim countries are far different from ours mainly because they are based on the violent and vengeful teachings of Mohhamad.

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