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The System Has a Soul

Essays on Christianity, Liberty, and Political Life
The System Has a Soul, Hunter Baker
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168 pages
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What relevance does Christianity have in our societal system—a system that so often seems to be ordered only by the ultra-complex machinery of state power and corporate strategy? The essays in this volume address that question by considering the relationship of the church to liberty, government, commerce, and education. These reflections reveal that we cannot allow the system to run according to its own internal logic. Rather, it is important for the church to act as a conscience. The church (and the people in it) should provide a living reminder of the God and of the good that transcends our worldly instrumentalities and principalities. The church is the soul of the system.


"Hunter Baker is one of the stars of the rising generation of Christian public intellectuals. The hallmark of his work is a combination of analytical rigor, moral seriousness, and lucid writing. He engages secular traditions of thought critically but respectfully, paying points of view he does not himself share the compliment of understanding them thoughtfully and presenting them accurately. He is a thinker, not a mere rhetorician. He keeps his eye on the prize, namely, getting to the truth of the matter."

Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Princeton University

"Hunter Baker has once again produced a most engaging and masterfully written volume on a smorgasbord of subjects, including discussions of church and state, faith and culture, education and economics, secularism and society, as well as religion and politics. The System Has a Soul builds on Baker’s previous outstanding works and offers a veritable feast for the readers of this volume. Readers looking for more than a descriptive survey of these important subjects will be pleased with the substantive interaction as well as the thoughtful and constructive proposals that Baker provides. I gladly recommend this volume."

David S. Dockery
Trinity International University


About Hunter Baker

Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of Instruction at Union University. He is the author of The End of Secularism and Political Thought: A Student’s Guide, as well as numerous articles and essays. He is also the co-founder of and Writer at Large for The City. In 2011, he won the Acton Institute’s Novak Award for outstanding scholarly research on the relationship between...

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Praise for the System Has a Soul

"The System Has a Soul is a marvelous collection of carefully crafted essays on a variety of subjects with which serious Christians must deal. It is just the sort of book that should be in every pastor’s library."


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