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By Steven M. Studebaker

This e-book argues that Christians have a stake within the sustainability and good fortune of center cultural values of the West mostly and the United States specifically. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, in particular, Pentecostal standpoint. 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 no longer accurately 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 kingdom past a handful of ethical concerns like abortion, yet its renowned political theologies lead Christians to consider themselves extra as extraterrestrial beings than as electorate. This publication 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 kingdom. 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 presents the root for a political theology that speaks to the problems of Christian political identification and encourages Christian political participation.

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3 (Oct 1963): 314. 53 Cherry, God’s New Israel, 12–13. 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.

Providential People and Land The belief that history and a particular people are the focus of God’s providential work links the Puritans and the later civil ideology/religion of American exceptionalism. The Puritans were millennialists. They believed 5 John Canup, Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of an American Identity in Colonial New England (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1990), 8–10. 6 Perry Miller, Errand in the Wilderness (Cambridge: Belknap/Harvard University Press, 1956), 11.

McDermott, One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards (University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992), 5–6. EXCEPTIONAL AND INDISPENSABLE NATION 21 As God had established a covenant with Israel, so also with the Puritans. They were to be the covenant people of God because they embodied the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every dimension of their personal and social lives. Chosen identity (along with exceptional identity) is conditional. Winthrop encouraged and warned the Bay colonists that their special status depended on keeping the covenant with God.

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