The gospel according to Bush

The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

In traditional Christianity, the motif of liberation and deliverance is a strong one -- so strong that the story of Israel's freedom from bondage in Egypt and the spiritual liberation of humanity from sin through Christ's death and resurrection can easily become confused with ideas of earthly, political liberty from which they are clearly and sharply distinct. We have seen this sort of conflation of spiritual and earthly emancipation in the liberation theology of Latin American Catholics, who give their preaching of the Gospel a steady dose of Marxism and vague endorsements of revolutionary violence, but lately here in America we have started to see a similar blurring of the lines between Christian spiritual liberty and political liberty, the latter of which assuredly has its historical roots in the lands and traditions of Christian civilization. The latest proponent of the idea of a divinely bestowed 'universal freedom' has been none other than President George W. Bush... (for publication 11/20/06)

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