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 as a rule and the USA 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 deal with and reframe Christian political identification within the usa.
Studebaker asserts that American Christians are at present now not accurately engaged in fighting America’s decline or halting the shifts in its middle values. the matter, he indicates, is that American Christianity not just supplies little suggestion to the country of the kingdom 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 e-book posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology could aid American Christians view themselves as electorate and higher realize their stake within the renewal in their country. 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 nation 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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135. 46 Dickinson, “Acquisition of Territory,” 158. 47 Beecher, A Plea for the West, 12, 31–32, and 72. M. STUDEBAKER Embodying a universal and superior culture justified territorial expansion. 48 At the end of the American Revolution, the new nation consisted of thirteen colonies populating the Atlantic seaboard east of the Appalachians. Scarcely two decades later, the American Republic embraced a transcontinental aspiration. Jefferson’s eyes reached beyond the Appalachians to the Pacific Coast—a route to which was already being traversed and mapped by the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
Universality legitimated America. Dickinson, “Acquisition of Territory,” The Congressional Globe, Senate, 30th Congress, 1st Session (January 12, 1848): 157–58. , 158. 38 Thomas Paine, Common Sense, ed. Edwards Larkin (Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2004), 62 and Michael Novak, The Universal Hunger for Liberty: Why the Clash of Civilizations is not Inevitable (New York: Basic, 2004), xiii. 39 Max Lerner, America as a Civilization: Life and Thought in the United States Today (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957), 64–65.
55 Time would see more saints added to the national pantheon—Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy. O’Sullivan’s essay, “The Great Nation of Futurity,” articulated essential elements of America’s providential ideology: “America is destined for better deeds …. The expansive future is our arena, and for our history. We are entering on its untrodden space, with the truths of God in our minds, beneficent objects in our hearts, and with a clear conscience unsullied by the past.
A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities by Steven M. Studebaker