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I'd like to recommend Myth of a Christian Nation, by Boyd.

From a theological/historical stance Boyd describes a number of reasons why Christians ought not to be dorking around with politics. Many, many of the points he made were very good. He lucidly describes and articulates many of the points I've been making for years. I would highly recommend this book to fellow Christians or if you are not a Christian, but have an interest in Christian theology.

The book is largely written from an Anabaptist perspective, which was also known as part of the Radical Reformation. Anabaptists were unique in that they were generally persecuted by both the "usual" Reformation (also known as the Magisterial Reformation) and the Roman Catholics. This has given their theology a very distinctive flavor - they were acutely aware what happens when a church - any church - gets its hands on the reins of power, and this awareness diffuses out into their approach to life. Today, the most "practicing" Anabaptist group are the Mennonites; the Shakers and the Amish were more rigid and have largely seemed to focus more on outward refuge from the world than the inner life initially preached.

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