James W Skillen, In Pursuit of Justice: Christian Democratic Explorations. Lanham/ Washington DC 2004: Rowman and Littlefield/ Center for Public Justice. ISBN 074253524X. James W. Skillen, With or Against the World? America's Role Among the Nations. Lanham/ Washington DC 2005: Rowman and Littlefield/ Center for Public Justice. ISBN 0742535223. In these two books, Jim Skillen provides his readers with the mature formulations of his long-term effort to develop a comprehensive reformational political science. One volume deals with US public policy issues, and the other is a critical evaluation of America's informal, liberal empire in the context of the "war on terrorism". In Pursuit of Justice brings together previously published essays, edited to emphasize that they are "Christian democratic explorations". With or Against the World? is the result of the author's recent "foundational research", provoked by the events of September 11 2001, "to probe the historical depths of radical Islamism and American exceptionalism" (ix). Both elaborate Skillen's "principled pluralist" perspective, seeking to help Christians and other citizens better understand the religious character of America's political mission. The volumes reviewed here have been written "mid-stream", developing an approach the author has been refining for decades, also in his articles for
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Published: Dec 2, 2006
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