The relationship between America and Christianity has never been so hotly contested as it is today. September 11, 2001 and the war on terror have had an almost schismatic impact on the Church. American Christians have been forced to ask...
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The relationship between America and Christianity has never been so hotly contested as it is today. September 11, 2001 and the war on terror have had an almost schismatic impact on the Church. American Christians have been forced to ask the really hard questions about faith and politics. While some Christians would rather not ask these questions at all, they are unavoidable for a religion that seeks to speak to the whole world, with the expectation of nothing less than global transformation. Like it or not, Christians have to take a stand on the issue of America's alleged imperialism, not only because America is largely a product of the Christian imagination but also because the converse is true - the growth of Christianity worldwide is largely shaped by American values and ideals. American Providence makes the case that American Christianity is not an oxymoron. It also makes the case for a robust doctrine of providence - a doctrine that has been frequently neglected by American theologians due to their reluctance to claim any special status for the United States. Webb goes right to the heart of this reluctance, by defending the idea that American foreign policy should be seen as a vehicle of God's design for history.
Stephen H. Webb is professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College. He is the author of several books, including Good Eating and Refiguring Theology: The Rhetoric of Karl Barth.
- Acknowledgments A Kind Of Apology For Writing This Book In Lieu Of An Introduction; Chapter One: One General And Two Americas: A Case-study In Providential Rhetoric; Chapter Two: Providence American Style: A Short History Of The Construction Of The Idea Of America; Chapter Three: On The Question Of Preferentiality In Liberalism And Liberation Theology; Chapter Four: Resident Advisors Vs. Resident Aliens: 9/11 And The Persistence Of American Providence; Chapter Five: A Particular Theory Of Providence; Chapter Six: On The Two Globalisms And The Destiny Of American Christianity; A Nod To Carl Schmitt In Lieu Of A Conclusion