Why Do the Nations Rage?: The Demonic Origin of Nationalism (Paperback)

Why Do the Nations Rage?: The Demonic Origin of Nationalism By David A. Ritchie, Yancey C. Arrington (Foreword by) Cover Image
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What if we understood nationalism as a religion instead of an ideology? What if nationalism is more spiritual than it is political? Several Christian thinkers have rightly recognized nationalism as a form of idolatry. However, in Why Do the Nations Rage?, David A. Ritchie argues that nationalism is inherently demonic as well. Through an interdisciplinary analysis of scholarship on nationalism and the biblical theology behind Paul's doctrine of powers, Ritchie uncovers how the impulse behind nationalism is as ancient as the tower of Babel and as demonic as the worship of Baal. Moreover, when compared to Christianity, Ritchie shows that nationalism is best understood as a rival religion that bears its own distinctive (and demonically inspired) false gospel, which seeks to both imitate and distort the Christian gospel.

About the Author

David A. Ritchie serves as the lead pastor of Redeemer Christian Church in Amarillo, Texas. He is also an Instructor of Religion at West Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Kate, have three sons.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781666732207
ISBN-10: 1666732206
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication Date: December 28th, 2021
Pages: 170
Language: English