A survey of the history of Christian political thought, including a study of scriptural bases and current discussions. This book argues for limited government based on an enduring foundation. Savior or Servant? Putting Government in Its Place is an attempt to define the role of the state: Shall it be a minister or a Messiah? Using ancient but timeless information, David W. Hall has surveyed the Bible and arrived at a coherent theology of the state. This study succeeds in identifying the responsibilities that the civil state is mandated to do, permitted to do, and prohibited from doing.