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 generally 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 deal with and reframe Christian political id within the usa.
Studebaker asserts that American Christians are at the moment no longer thoroughly 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 matters like abortion, yet its well known political theologies lead Christians to consider themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as voters. This e-book posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology could aid American Christians view themselves as voters and higher realize their stake within the renewal in their state. the basis of this proposed political theology is a pneumatological narrative of renewal—a biblical narrative of the Spirit that starts with production, proceeds via Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates within the new construction and eternal state 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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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.
68 Woodrow Wilson, “Democracy and Efficiency,” The Atlantic Monthly 87 (1901): 293. M. STUDEBAKER Turner moreover, the society that emerged on the American frontier was the pinnacle of human social evolution. The continuum of civilization runs from Asia to Europe, to England, to America, and from the Atlantic States to the Western States. 69 Turner’s West was not only a political philosophy but also a policy proposal. ”70 Naval Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) agreed with Turner. Inspired by the example of ancient Rome and convinced of his nation’s divine destiny, Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660–1783 (1890) and other books drew the blueprint for maritime empire.
112 Julian Go, “Imperial Power and Its Limits: America’s Colonial Empire in the Early Twentieth Century,” in Lessons of Empire: Imperial Histories and American Power, ed. Moore (New York: The New Press, 2006), 212 and LaFeber, The American Age, 235. 113 Beveridge, “For the Greater Republic, not for Imperialism,” 8. 114 Stephanson, Manifest Destiny, 99. Greenberg. She also argues the martial masculinity of empire competed with a vision of masculinity that was relatively peaceful and that sought expansion through trade and religion rather than violence.