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 ordinarily and the US particularly. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, particularly, Pentecostal viewpoint. the amount 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 at the moment no longer competently engaged in fighting America’s decline or halting the shifts in its center values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just offers little idea to the kingdom of the state past a handful of ethical matters like abortion, yet its renowned political theologies lead Christians to consider themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as voters. This ebook posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology might support American Christians view themselves as voters and higher realize their stake within the renewal in their kingdom. the basis 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 root for a political theology that speaks to the problems of Christian political identification and encourages Christian political participation.
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EXCEPTIONAL AND INDISPENSABLE NATION 41 outstanding.
35 Lyman Beecher, A Plea for the West, 2nd ed. (Cincinnati: Truman & Smith, 1835), 12. M. 37 Yet although something new, America also embodied aspirations for liberty common to all people across all time. 38 The era of manifest destiny deepens and expands the ideological selfunderstanding of the new nation. The Puritan images of a Christian commonwealth are transferred to the new nation. The newness of the nation supported the emerging civil ideology that America was unique. America was an exceptional nation, unlike any that had come before.
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. 23 (Nov 1839): 427. M. ”57 Providential destiny meant that American was also a missional nation.
A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities by Steven M. Studebaker