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Excursus: Uneasy in Babylon— Christian Identity in Late 20th Century “Christian America”
February 24, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am EST
In this presentation, we change gears and learn about two American theologians of the late 20th century. While not in the totalitarian environment of the Nazi regime, some American theologians expressed concerns over their perception of American Christianity aligning with American political and cultural identity.
Rev. Dr. B.J. Hutto addresses two American theologians, John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas, who were critical of aligning American Christianity with American political and cultural identity in the latter half of the 20th century. While America does not have a state-church relationship in the same way that Germany did (and does), after winning the second world war and facing down the Soviet Union these two theologians, and many others, became increasingly concerned that the Church in America, or at least broad swathes of it, was becoming increasingly co-opted by the ‘good news’ (literally, the gospel) that its country was offering. This, they argued, has compromised American Christianity’s evangelical message to its neighbors, its prophetic message to its government and society, and its understanding of what it means to make disciples of its own members. Rev. Dr. Hutto graduated from Wofford College and a completed both an MDiv and ThM from Duke University Divinity School. He recently completed his PhD in Theological Ethics from Kings College, Aberdeen, Scotland. He is an Associate Minister at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan.