Resisting Babel: Allegiance to God and the Problem of Government

Resisting Babel: Allegiance to God and the Problem of Government

by John Mark Hicks


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If the kingdom of God demands exclusive allegiance, how do followers of Jesus engage with a world shaped by political power?
After the trauma of the Civil War, David Lipscomb, a Nashville farmer and church leader, advocated for allegiance solely in the kingdom of God rather than in human governments. Resisting
Babel tells the story of Lipscomb’s compelling, coherent, and eschatologically grounded vision, which fostered deep and significant religious reform in the United States and led to missionary zeal across the globe. That vision articulated a way forward for Christianity amidst the world powers, though it was later subverted by those powers, both by its own implicit assumptions from within and the overwhelming forces of Babel without. What happened among Churches of Christ during that time serves as a case study and parable of both possibility and warning for the modern church.
In this new book, Hicks has assembled the leading voices on
David Lipscomb. Contributors include:
• Richard T. Hughes, Scholar in Residence at Lipscomb
University, is the leading historian of Churches of Christ and has authored the standard work on its history.
• Richard Goode, professor of history at Lipscomb University,
has written about and practiced Pilgrim political theology,
which is indebted in part to David Lipscomb.
• Lee C. Camp, professor of theology at Lipscomb University,
is a leading ethicist among Churches of Christ.
• Joshua Ward Jeffery, AP History teacher at the Orme
School in Mayer, AZ, is a leading historian of the relationship between pacifism, the church, and World War I.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684264506
Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Mark Hicks is a professor of theology at Lipscomb University and has taught in higher education among Churches of Christ for over thirty-five years. He has published several works on Stone-Campbell history and theology, including Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Lipscomb, the War, and the Kingdom Vision John Mark Hicks

1 "The Politics of the Day" and "The Politics of Heaven" 15

The Apocalyptic Orientation of Barton W. Stone Richard T. Hughes

2 David Lipscomb's Political Theology 37

Submit but Don't Support John Mark Hicks

3 From Slavery to Segregation 59

A Case Study in Lipscomb's Political Theology John Mark Hicks

4 Peaceable Pilgrim or Christian Anarchist 81

David Lipscomb's Political Theology Richard C. Goode

5 Exchanging the Kingdom of Heaven for the Empire of America 105

The Loss of the Apocalyptic Worldview in Churches of Christ Joshua Ward Jeffery

6 Practicing the Ways of Christ in a World That Knows Not Christ Lee C. Camp 127

Appendix 151

A Chronological Bibliography of and about David Lipscomb John Mark Hicks

Contributors 159

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