By Steven M. Studebaker
This e-book argues that Christians have a stake within the sustainability and luck of center cultural values of the West in most cases and the United States specifically. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, particularly, Pentecostal viewpoint. the quantity proposes and develops a Pentecostal political theology that may be used to handle and reframe Christian political identification within the usa.
Studebaker asserts that American Christians are presently no longer adequately engaged in combating America’s decline or halting the shifts in its center values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just offers little proposal to the kingdom of the state past a handful of ethical matters like abortion, yet its renowned political theologies lead Christians to think about themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as electorate. This ebook posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology could aid American Christians view themselves as electorate and higher realize their stake within the renewal in their state. the root of this proposed political theology is a pneumatological narrative of renewal—a biblical narrative of the Spirit that starts with construction, proceeds via Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates within the new construction and eternal state of God. This narrative presents the basis for a political theology that speaks to the problems of Christian political id and encourages Christian political participation.
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79 Beveridge, “The Star of Empire,” 118–19. , Thursday, August 4, 1898, 4. ”82 Beveridge’s forecast of a single world order governed by American political and commercial leadership is missional. 84 Spreading civilization is America’s great commission. ”85 The lands beyond its shores lay in cultural chaos and subject to European rapine and avarice. Woodrow Wilson exhorted Americans that with the close of the frontier on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the new frontier was international. 87 The hope is no longer the kingdom of Christ but a global American civilization.
38 Thomas Paine, Common Sense, ed. Edwards Larkin (Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2004), 62 and Michael Novak, The Universal Hunger for Liberty: Why the Clash of Civilizations is not Inevitable (New York: Basic, 2004), xiii. 39 Max Lerner, America as a Civilization: Life and Thought in the United States Today (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957), 64–65. 40 William H. , ed. Baker (Boston: Houghton and Miflin, 1884), 337. ”42 Manifesting universal yearnings and doing so in a superior way promotes a manichaean mentality.
Ideological markers connecting Winthrop’s Bay Colony and today’s superpower America are that America is a chosen people possessing providential privilege destined to play a special role in the progress of world history. Providential People and Land The belief that history and a particular people are the focus of God’s providential work links the Puritans and the later civil ideology/religion of American exceptionalism. The Puritans were millennialists. They believed 5 John Canup, Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of an American Identity in Colonial New England (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1990), 8–10.