A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal

Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities

  • Steven M. Studebaker

Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Steven M. Studebaker
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  3. American Decline

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
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  4. A Political Theology of the Spirit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Steven M. Studebaker
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  5. The Spirit and National Renewal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-292

About this book


 This book argues that Christians have a stake in the sustainability and success of core cultural values of the West in general and America in particular. Steven M. Studebaker considers Western and American decline from a theological and, specifically, Pentecostal perspective. The volume proposes and develops a Pentecostal political theology that can be used to address and reframe Christian political identity in the United States. 

Studebaker asserts that American Christians are currently not properly engaged in preventing America’s decline or halting the shifts in its core values. The problem, he suggests, is that American Christianity not only gives little thought to the state of the nation beyond a handful of moral issues like abortion, but its popular political theologies lead Christians to think of themselves more as aliens than as citizens. This book posits that the proposed Pentecostal political theology would  help American Christians view themselves as citizens and better recognize their stake in the renewal of their nation. The foundation of this proposed political theology is a pneumatological narrative of renewal—a biblical narrative of the Spirit that begins with creation, proceeds through Incarnation and Pentecost, and culminates in the new creation and everlasting kingdom of God. This narrative provides the foundation for a political theology that speaks to the issues of Christian political identity and encourages Christian political participation.   


Holy Spirit Pneumatology Pentecostalism Pentecostal theology Political theology American exceptionalism Indispensable nation American decline America Christian theology Christianity cities education Jerusalem kingdom mobility nation religion society theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven M. Studebaker
    • 1
  1. 1.McMaster Divinity CollegeHamiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48015-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48016-3
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