A review of Francis J. Beckwith’s Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (IVP Academic, 2010), 175 pgs, paperback, $18.00.

Two things intrigued me about this book. Imagine my disappointment, then, when both things I expected to find turned out to be missing from the book.

The first thing that caught my attention was simply the title. I try to read and possibly review any books on Christianity and politics that I come across. (Some recent reviews can be read here, here, here, and here.). I am generally not satisfied with what I find.

The second thing was the mention in the acknowledgments of the name Murray Rothbard in a list of twenty-four names of “scholars who have made the most significant contributions to my intellectual development.” The late Murray Rothbard is, of course, the twentieth century’s greatest proponent of pure, unadulterated libertarianism.

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