Wednesday, April 07, 2004

LRC and The American Conservative pick
Book review: on ‘progressive’ Christianity, the Great War and the rise of the messianic nation
by Thomas Woods Jnr
How the Left historically have taken God's name in vain:

...these ['progressive'] clergymen, caught up in their conviction that the U.S. was at least in some sense the savior of the world, applied to America the same language that Christians had traditionally applied to Christ. The Christian categories and concepts that Social Gospel theologians had found malleable enough to make railroad regulation sound like a direct command of Christ were thus drafted into service in the conflict that had engulfed Europe. It thus became impossible for them to conceive of the war in measured, rational terms: to America they had assigned the righteousness of Christ, and there could be no compromise between Christ and Satan.

Sound familiar?

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