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Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil

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Robert Jewett is guest professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and was Harry R. Kendall Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.


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Robert Jewett is guest professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and was Harry R. Kendall Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.
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As immediate and relevant as today's headlines, Captain America and the Crusade against Evil boldly argues that American crusading -- so powerfully embodied in popular entertainments -- has striking parallels with Islamic jihad and Israeli militancy. According to Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence, American civil religion has both a humane, constitutional tradition and a violent strand that is now coming to the fore. The crusade to rid the world of evil and "evildoers" derives from the same biblical tradition of zealous warfare and nationalism that spawns Islamic and Israeli radicalism. American crusading ideals, drawing on both secular and religious images, are visible in such events as the settling of the western frontier, the Cold War, the Gulf War, and America's present war on terrorism. In exploring the tradition of zealous nationalism, Jewett and Lawrence provide a fascinating access to the inner workings of the American psyche. They analyze the phenomenon of zeal -- the biblical and cultural counterpart of Islamic jihad -- and address such consequential topics as the conspiracy theory of evil, the problem of stereotyping e
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This book sets forth a bold argument sure to provoke wide debate. Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence show that American crusading -- so powerfully embodied in popular entertainment -- has provocative parallels with Islamic jihad and Israeli militancy.
According to Jewett and Lawrence, American Civil Religion has both a humane, constitutional tradition and a violent strand that is now coming to the fore. The crusade to rid the world of evil and "evildoers" derives from the same biblical tradition of zealous warfare and nationalism that spawns Islamic and Israeli radicalism. In America the idea of zealous war has been combined with a distinctive sense of mission that fuses secular and religious images. These crusading ideals are visible in such events as the settling of the western frontier, America's wars, and the present war on terrorism.


After analyzing the phenomenon of zeal -- the term itself is the biblical and cultural counterpart of the Islamic term "jihad" -- the authors address such consequential topics as the conspiracy theory of evil, the problem of stereotyping enemies, the mystique of violence, the obsession with victory, and the worship of national symbols such as flags.


Yet this book is also immensely constructive. The same biblical tradition that allows for crusading mentalities also contains a critique of zealous warfare and a vision of impartial justice under law. The authors point to the tradition of "prophetic realism, " which derives from the humane side of the biblical heritage, and trace its manifestations within the American experience. Isaiah's "swords into plowshares" image is carved on the walls of the United Nations buiding, thus standing at thecenter of a globally focused civil religion. Grasping this vision honored by Judaism, Islam, and Christianity alike includes recognizing the dangers of zealous violence, the illusions of current crusading, and the promise of peaceful coexistence under international law.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 190724
  • Product Code 0802860834
  • EAN 9780802860835
  • Pages 416
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category World Events
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Jan 2003
  • Dimensions 241 x 159 x 32mm
  • Weight 0.794kg

John Shelton Lawrence

Lawrence is professor emeritus of philosophy at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. He is a writer, consultant, and Senior Coonservation Fellow at the Sierra Club in San Francisco.

Robert Jewett

Robert Jewett is Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

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