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By Craig M. Watts,Michael Kinnamon

what's being performed in worship whilst nationwide vacation trips are celebrated, the yank flag is displayed and venerated, and songs are sung that extol the state? Are those benign gestures? Or might they really be idolatrous? during this insightful and persuasively argued research Craig M. Watts contends the inclusion of parts of yankee nationalism in worship is hazardous to the integrity of Christian worship. He continues that during devoted worship the tale of Jesus has to be re-presented and played in this kind of means that the single affections and loyalty which are fostered are these Christians in all places rightfully percentage. To do differently opens the door to idolatry and leaves the church doing what Watts calls "bowing towards Babylon." He studies the advance of the symbols, songs, and gestures that remember the United States and the way they have been brought into worship. Watts concludes that the spirituality of yankee Christian nationalism doesn't supplement the religion of the church yet distorts it, hindering worldwide Christian cohesion and the peaceful witness of the church in a divided world.

"With painful readability, Craig Watts exposes how the worship practices of many North American congregations have bowed to not the residing God of the Bible yet to the idols of latter-day Babylon. Going past exposing sin, even if, Watts prescribes pathways towards trustworthy worship."
--Ronald J. Allen, Professor of Preaching, Gospels and Letters, Christian Theological Seminary
"Craig Watts illumines the unconventional distinction among the Christian and American tales, commitments, and liturgies, and--by drawing on Scripture, theology, background, and present events--helps us see why there's no room for American nationalism in Christian worship. For the sake of the integrity of the church, each preacher and, certainly, each Christian in each church in the US, should still learn and internalize this book."
--Richard T. Hughes, author, Myths the US Lives By
"In this well timed renunciation of Christian nationalism, Craig Watts deals a serious exam of the character of religion and calls the church to loyalty to the God we worship. His research is biblically sound, and he bargains a cautious analyzing of the function of patriotism in American and ecclesiastical historical past. A publication crew or seminary lecture room analyzing church-state kinfolk will locate Watts's useful theological treatise provocative because of its prophetic integrity."
--Jim Higginbotham, affiliate Professor of Pastoral Care, Earlham institution of Religion
"In the Age of Trump, Craig Watts's Bowing towards Babylon offers a concise critique of Christian nationalism. Liturgies shape identities within the church, but additionally within the countryside. Christ-centered worship and social witness, no longer nationalism, may still form the allegiances, identities and loyalties of the twenty-first-century church."
--Peter Goodwin Heltzel, affiliate Professor of Theology and Director of the Micah Institute, ny Theological Seminary   

Craig M. Watts is minister of Royal Palm Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Coral Springs, Florida. he's the writer of ,Disciple of Peace (2005).

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