By Michael Northcott
This passionately argued booklet presents the 1st in-depth research of the non secular politics of present American neo-conservatism. It exhibits that in the back of the neo-imperialism of the White condo and George W. Bush lies an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the United States's sacred future "at the top of history", a imaginative and prescient that's shared by means of hundreds of thousands of american citizens. The authors hint the roots of yankee apocalyptic to Puritan Millennialism and modern fundamentalist readings of the ebook of Revelation. They recommend that american citizens urgently have to get better a critique of Empire of the sort espoused via the founding father of Christianity - otherwise threat changing into idolaters of a brand new Holy Roman Empire that leads others into servitude.
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They were not to follow those who would come after him and claim to have rediscovered the messiah, or to have identified the precise time of the end of history, for ‘about the day or the hour no one knows’ (Mark 13. 32). Above all they were not to use violence to try to control history or to bring about its end. American postmillennial apocalyptic involves the claim that the American Republic, and in particular the free market combined with a form of marketised democracy, is the first appearance in history of a redeemed human society, a true godly Kingdom.
But true Christian apocalyptic, the Christian belief that Christ has come, that the Spirit of Christ is present in the Church, and that Christ will come again, points Christians precisely to the temporary and imperfect nature of all their efforts to establish the reign of God on earth. Christian eschatology indicates that the end of history is already known by Christians who truly discern the death and resurrection of Christ; for these events are the apocalypse through which God has already redeemed the world from evil, and inaugurated the Church to witness to the rule of Christ above all other authority or power.
But there are two vital factors driving US policy in this region that have nothing to do with Communism or the Soviet Union, or at least not ostensibly: one is the US commitment to a Jewish homeland, which has deep roots in US Christian millennialist readings of the end of history; the other relates to the United States’ gargantuan appetite for oil. It was this second factor that drew the United States into organising a coup that overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran in 1953, and which has involved the installation or support of other dictators and totalitariain regimes in the Middle East, including most notoriously the extreme Islamist regime of Saudi Arabia.
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