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28 Feb 1998

American Postmillennialism: Seeing the Glory

by Steven R. Pointer | Issue 61

DURING MOST OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, American Protestants believed they were living in special times, that current events were hastening the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth. Hymns like the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” became popular because they so well expressed this hope:

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on.”

Undergirding this optimism was the doctrine...

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30 Jan 2013

The life and times of John Bascom

by William Kostlevy | Issue 104

FEW LIBERAL DEMOCRATS of President Obama’s first term possessed as much power and political savvy as former congressman David Obey. In the secular political world, he was the principal architect of the federal stimulus package, and he chaired the session of Congress that voted to enact the controversial health-care plan known as “Obamacare.”

Perhaps less well known in that secular political world is that Obey believed his actions were rooted not in secular political philosophy but in the religious traditions of his native Wisconsin. He...

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