By Steven M. Studebaker
This ebook argues that Christians have a stake within the sustainability and good fortune of center cultural values of the West usually and the USA specifically. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, in particular, Pentecostal viewpoint. the quantity proposes and develops a Pentecostal political theology that may be used to deal with and reframe Christian political id within the usa.
Studebaker asserts that American Christians are at the moment now not safely engaged in fighting America’s decline or halting the shifts in its center values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just supplies little idea to the nation of the state past a handful of ethical concerns like abortion, yet its renowned political theologies lead Christians to think about themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as voters. This ebook posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology might support American Christians view themselves as electorate and higher realize their stake within the renewal in their country. the root of this proposed political theology is a pneumatological narrative of renewal—a biblical narrative of the Spirit that starts off with construction, proceeds via Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates within the new production and eternal state of God. This narrative offers the basis for a political theology that speaks to the problems of Christian political identification and encourages Christian political participation.
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Jack P. Greene (Malden: Blackwell, 2001), 30 and 36–37 Ernest R. May, Imperial Democracy: The Emergence of America as a Great Power (1961; New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1973), 263 and 269–70. 58 EXCEPTIONAL AND INDISPENSABLE NATION 29 a World War in pursuit of that goal. 64 While the European empires fell apart, American power and influence ascended. From the Continent to the World The spine of the Appalachian Mountains was the western horizon of the English colonies before the War of Independence.
77 America, moreover, did not grasp for, but was called to its historical mission. 80 America “was the new order of the centuries,” according 74 For the role of Protestant churches, especially Baptists, in American imperialism, see Gordon L. Heath, “Canadian and American Baptist Self-Perceptions in the Age of Imperialism,” in Mirrors and Microscopes: Historical Perspectives of Baptists, ed. Douglas Weaver (Colorado Springs: Paternoster, 2015), 87–109. 75 Albert J. Beveridge, “The Star of Empire,” 122–23 and “Our Philippine Policy,” in The Meaning of the Times and Other Speeches (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merril, 1908), 78.
Also see May, Imperial Democracy, 266–70. S. Colonialism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008), 1 and 30–34; Greenberg, Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion, 2–3 and 33–37; and Walter LaFeber, The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion 1860–1898 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1963), vii–ix and 1–11. 73 Wilson, “Democracy and Efficiency,” 292–93 and LaFeber, The New Empire, 11. M. 74 Civil, not ecclesial, religion was the register for reading providence. American civilization, not the church, was the hope of the world.