By Steven M. Studebaker
This publication argues that Christians have a stake within the sustainability and good fortune of center cultural values of the West in most cases and the USA specifically. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, in particular, Pentecostal standpoint. the quantity 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 presently now not 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 supplies little proposal 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 electorate. This ebook 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 with construction, proceeds via Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates within the new construction and eternal state of God. This narrative presents the basis for a political theology that speaks to the problems of Christian political id and encourages Christian political participation.
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Moses, the giving of the Ten Commandments, and the formation of the nation of Israel were the original republican government of civil and religious freedom established, neither by divine decree nor by fiat of a monarch, but by the consent of the people. 27 Cooper was a proto-proponent of American exceptionalism. The rise of the new nation 26 Samuel Cooper, “A Sermon on the Day of the Commencement of the Constitution,” in Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730–1805, ed. Ellis Sandoz (Indianapolis: Liberty, 1991), 631.
Where Christ died on a cross at the hands of empire in the name of a kingdom of peace, now imperial soldiers bring American civilization. The goal remained peace, but the means were more martial. Military power became key to spreading civilization. ”93 Progressive intellectual, Herbert D. ”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.
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A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities by Steven M. Studebaker