A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: by Steven M. Studebaker

By Steven M. Studebaker

This booklet argues that Christians have a stake within the sustainability and luck of middle cultural values of the West regularly and the US particularly. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, particularly, Pentecostal standpoint. 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 at the moment no longer thoroughly engaged in combating America’s decline or halting the shifts in its middle values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just offers little concept to the nation of the state past a handful of ethical concerns 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 may support 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 off with construction, 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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Social Darwinism and belief in the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race fueled this prejudice. See Herring, from Colony to Superpower, 322 and Ninkovich, The United States and Imperialism, 41–47. 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.

Ed. Jack P. Greene (Malden: Blackwell, 2001), 30 and 36–37 Ernest R. May, Imperial Democracy: The Emergence of America as a Great Power (1961; New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1973), 263 and 269–70. 58 EXCEPTIONAL AND INDISPENSABLE NATION 29 a World War in pursuit of that goal. 64 While the European empires fell apart, American power and influence ascended. From the Continent to the World The spine of the Appalachian Mountains was the western horizon of the English colonies before the War of Independence.

God supervenes history and works through people to achieve divine purposes. The Puritans believed they were God’s chosen people, God’s new Israel. America was the new Canaan, the land of promise. Their effort to carve out a Christian colony along the coast and in the hinterland of New England paralleled God’s transformation of the wilderness into a land of bounty for the people of Israel. ”13 America was the new promised land, the wilderness, prophesied by Isaiah, that would blossom and the Puritans were the new chosen people.

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