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The Resource Christian America and the Kingdom of God, Richard T. Hughes ; foreword by Brian McLaren

Christian America and the Kingdom of God, Richard T. Hughes ; foreword by Brian McLaren

Label
Christian America and the Kingdom of God
Title
Christian America and the Kingdom of God
Statement of responsibility
Richard T. Hughes ; foreword by Brian McLaren
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The idea of the United States as a Christian nation is a powerful, seductive, and potentially destructive theme in American life, culture, and politics. Many fundamentalist and evangelical leaders routinely promote this notion, and millions of Americans simply assume the Christian character of the United States. And yet, as Richard T. Hughes reveals in this powerful book, the biblical vision of the "kingdom of God" stands at odds with the values and actions of an American empire that sanctions war instead of peace, promotes dominance and oppression instead of reconciliation, and exalts wealth and power instead of justice for the poor and needy. With conviction and careful consideration, Hughes reviews the myth of Christian America from its earliest history in the founding of the republic to the present day. Extensively analyzing the Old and New Testaments, Hughes provides a solid, scripturally-based explanation of the kingdom of God--a kingdom defined by love, peace, patience, and generosity. Throughout American history, however, this concept has been appropriated by religious and political leaders and distorted into a messianic nationalism that champions the United States as God's "chosen nation" and bears little resemblance to the teachings of Jesus. Pointing to a systemic biblical and theological illiteracy running rampant in the United States, Hughes investigates the reasons why so many Americans think of the United States as a Christian nation despite the Constitution's outright prohibition against establishing any national religion by law or coercion. He traces the development of fundamentalist Christianity throughout American history, noting especially the increased power and widespread influence of fundamentalism at the dawn of the twenty-first century, embodied and enacted by the administration of President George W. Bush and America's reaction to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Timely and provocative, Christian America and the Kingdom of God illuminates the devastating irony of a "Christian America" that so often behaves in unchristian ways
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hughes, Richard T.
Dewey number
277.3/08
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
BR517
LC item number
.H83 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christianity and politics
  • Kingdom of God
  • Particularism (Theology)
  • Kingdom of God
  • Particularism (Theology)
Label
Christian America and the Kingdom of God, Richard T. Hughes ; foreword by Brian McLaren
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : getting our bearings -- Christian America as God's chosen people -- Christian America and the Kingdom of God : the witness of the Hebrew Bible -- Christian America and the Kingdom of God : the witness of the New Testament -- Why do we think of America as a Christian nation? -- A fundamentalist vision for Christian America : from the Scopes trial to George W. Bush
Control code
276602377
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 211 pages
Isbn
9780252032851
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008050477
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)276602377
Label
Christian America and the Kingdom of God, Richard T. Hughes ; foreword by Brian McLaren
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : getting our bearings -- Christian America as God's chosen people -- Christian America and the Kingdom of God : the witness of the Hebrew Bible -- Christian America and the Kingdom of God : the witness of the New Testament -- Why do we think of America as a Christian nation? -- A fundamentalist vision for Christian America : from the Scopes trial to George W. Bush
Control code
276602377
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 211 pages
Isbn
9780252032851
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008050477
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)276602377

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