By Steven M. Studebaker
This e-book argues that Christians have a stake within the sustainability and good fortune of middle cultural values of the West ordinarily and the United States specifically. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, in particular, Pentecostal point of view. the amount 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 present no longer thoroughly engaged in combating America’s decline or halting the shifts in its center values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just supplies little proposal to the nation of the state past a handful of ethical concerns like abortion, yet its renowned political theologies lead Christians to consider themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as electorate. This ebook posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology may 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 with construction, proceeds via Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates within the new construction and eternal nation 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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3 (Oct 1963): 314. 53 Cherry, God’s New Israel, 12–13. Sacvan Bercovitch maintains that the fusion of eschatology and nationalism is unique to America. See Bercovitch, The American Jeremiad (Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1978), 176. 54 Cherry, God’s New Israel, 13. A representative sermon from the period is Samuel Cooper, “A Sermon on the Day of Commencement,” 631–56. 55 Cherry, God’s New Israel, 12. 56 John L. O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity,” The United States Democratic Review 6, no.
The transition to a civil religious eschatology is complete, but the redemptive civil myth remains imbued with Christian themes. The means for fulfilling providential destiny became increasingly political rather than ecclesial. In short, the transition was from God to government. Where Jonathan Edwards and eighteenth-century American clergy trusted God to bring religious revival and the millennium to America, the Progressive movement puts its faith in government. Diplomacy, military power, and government administrators would prepare the way for the worldwide civilization of order and peace.
With victory over Spain, America gained control of Cuba and acquired the Philippines. 63 Led by Woodrow Wilson, America sought to construct a global order founded on its political and civil values and participated in 57 Beecher, A Plea for the West, 117. Beveridge, “The Star of Empire,” in The Meaning of the Times and Other Speeches (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1908), 128. 59 Dickinson, “Acquisition of Territory,” 158. , 158. 61 Beecher, A Plea for the West, 31–32. 62 Herring, From Colony to Superpower, 317 and 330–36.
A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities by Steven M. Studebaker