An Angel Directs the Storm
This passionate and powerfully argued book takes its title from President Bush's inaugural speech, when he quoted 18C statesman John Page, who enquired if it were not 'an angel who directed the storm' within which America came into being. Michael...
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This passionate and powerfully argued book takes its title from President Bush's inaugural speech, when he quoted 18C statesman John Page, who enquired if it were not 'an angel who directed the storm' within which America came into being. Michael Northcott appraises two visions of religious freedom: the apocalyptic vision of George W. Bush and the Christian conservatives who back his policies, particularly in relation to Iraq and the so-called war on terror; and the peaceable vision of a Christian majority elsewhere who resist what they view as American neo-imperialism with an overlay of Christian apocalyptic rhetoric. Northcott suggests that Americans urgently need to recover a Christian critique of 'Empire' if their religion is to avoid the charge of idolatry.
Prof. Michael S. Northcott (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Professor of Ethics, within th Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh
He is an ordained Anglican Priest, a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft, Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. He has been visiting professor at theClaremont School of Theology, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya.
He is best known for his work in environmental theology and ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics (CUP 1996) is in its fourth printing. More recently published books include Life After Debt: Christianity and Global Justice (SPCK, 1999); An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire (I B Tauris, 2005) and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Darton Longman and Todd and Orbis Press, 2007). Co-edited volumes include Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology (Duke University Press, 2009) with Kyle Vanhoutan and Theology After Darwin (Paternoster Press, 2009) with R. J. Berry.