The Image of the U.S. as a Biblical Nation, 1776-1865 – Mark Noll

On the one hand, it’s hard to deny that our country was very much a biblical/Christian nation, and yet, on the other hand, notes Professor Noll, a careful investigation of our history reveals an intriguing hermeneutic/application of the Scriptures to our nation, especially with respect to war and politics.  It is argued that a significant number of ministers drew direct, or near direct, parallels between the OT nation of Israel and the United States, thereby allowing them to harness the emotional power and force of such imagery to advance political causes. 

Is he right?  Listen and judge for yourself. 

Difficulty: Intermediate

Must Listen Factor: History buffs would enjoy this.  As for the rest, it’s probably not something you’re going to gobble up.  So I’ll say low to moderate.     

To Download, click picture and download from ITunes.  Or search ITunes for “Westminster Notable Theologians.”  This lecture is number 16.


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