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 in most cases and the US specifically. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, particularly, 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 the moment no longer safely engaged in fighting America’s decline or halting the shifts in its middle values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just provides little concept to the kingdom of the country past a handful of ethical matters like abortion, yet its well known political theologies lead Christians to think about themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as voters. This booklet posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology could support American Christians view themselves as electorate and higher realize their stake within the renewal in their kingdom. the root of this proposed political theology is a pneumatological narrative of renewal—a biblical narrative of the Spirit that starts off with production, proceeds via Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates within the new production and eternal nation of God. This narrative offers the root for a political theology that speaks to the problems of Christian political id and encourages Christian political participation.
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Andrew Jackson maintained that the disappearance of the indigenous peoples was not a matter of regret, but the inexorable result of progress. ”49 Removing the Indians from their ancestral lands was not moral effrontery, but service to national and world destiny. By the 1830s, America had taken possession of the Floridas from Spain, circumscribed the Louisiana Purchase, established the northern boundary with Canada at the 49th parallel west to the Rocky Mountains, and asserted hemispheric hegemony in the Monroe Doctrine (1823).
94 The power of civilized nations to make war is the basis for extending peace and civilization throughout the world. Life is a struggle between civilization and barbarism. The two forms of life cannot coexist. ”95 Sometimes, it seems, people had to die for their own good. Croly, The Promise of American Life (New York: Macmillan, 1909), 337–38 and 342–45. 89 Go, American Empire, 32. Gamble details the evolution of the idea that America possesses providential destiny to be a redemptive force in and for the world among Progressive Christianity from the late nineteenth century through the post-World War I era.
119 Superpower America, the vanguard of the West, would preside over a global imperium of peace and prosperity. No more would great power rivalries and ideological competition characterize international relations—that history had come to an end. S. 121 The end of the Cold War was not simply a change in international relations, the demise of great power rivalries and ideological competition, it was an 118 Francis Fukuyama, The End of History and the Last Man (New York: Free Press, 1992). Miller, “The End of History and the New World Order: The Triumph of Capitalism and the Competition between Liberalism and Democracy,” Cornell International Law Review 25 : 277–303), Fukuyama re-affirms his essential thesis of the end of history—democracy and free markets would prevail over authoritarianism and collectivism in “At the ‘End of History’ still stands Democracy,” The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2014.
A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities by Steven M. Studebaker