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For God and GlobeChristian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War$
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Michael G. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452727

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.001.0001

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Race, Nation, and Globe at Oxford 1937

Race, Nation, and Globe at Oxford 1937

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(p.120) Chapter 5 Race, Nation, and Globe at Oxford 1937
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For God and Globe
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Michael G. Thompson

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.003.0006

This chapter looks at the new postliberal theological consensus and ecumenists' newly developing theology of the nation and international life. The new postliberal theological consensus stressed the importance of the Universal Church, appealed anew to the Bible, appropriated older understandings of sin, and critiqued Progressivist views of history. In specialized “sections,” delegates applied these theological emphases as a kind of filter through which to evaluate the contribution of big-name contributors to the conference, such as Alfred Zimmern, the Marquess of Lothian, Phillip Kerr (future British ambassador to the United States), and John Foster Dulles. In their characteristically dialectical style, Oxford delegates critiqued simplistic equations between liberal internationalism and Christianity, and likewise denounced nationalism and racism as idolatry and sin.

Keywords:   postliberal theological consensus, liberal internationalism, Christianity, nationalism, racism, Universal Church, Progressivism

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