Dark Writes on American Light

David Dark, in his 2005 book entitled, The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea, writes, “Our attachment to the culture into which we happen to be born is sometimes so powerful that we will resist recognizing our nation-state, tribe, or perceived master race as one human instrumentality among others. But when we find ourselves compelled to do so, we’re again confronted by a demystifying, historical continuum that our divisions of church or state, sacred or secular, and religion or politics will conceal to the detriment of any hope of thinking historically.”

“If we consult our timeline again, the account of Moses’ engagement of Pharaoh on behalf of God who heard the cry of the oppressed begins to look a lot like an early refutation of what would eventually be called the divine right of kings. And Jesus’ witness before Pontius Pilate to a kingdom not of this world undoes the boasts of any kingdom that would claim superiority or unquestionable merit worthy of global dominance” (David Dark, The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005), 12).

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