Bush Says America Is Experiencing a Christian ‘Awakening’ as Part of Coming War of ‘Good and Evil’

President Bush believes we are in the midst of a religious revival that was triggered by terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists:

“A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me,” Bush said during a 1 1/2 -hour Oval Office conversation on cultural changes and a battle with terrorists that he sees lasting decades. “There was a stark change between the culture of the ’50s and the ’60s — boom — and I think there’s change happening here,” he added. “It seems to me that there’s a Third Awakening.”

The president appeared to be conflating the “confrontation between good and evil” with the War on Terror — a fact his aides rushed to deny:

In his comments yesterday, aides said Bush was not casting the war as a religious struggle but was describing American cultural changes in a time of war.

“He’s drawing a parallel in terms of a resurgence, in dangerous times, of people going back to their religion,” said one aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was not open to other journalists. “This is not ‘God is on our side’ or anything like that.”

The White House did not release a transcript of Bush’s remarks…

This sounded a bit scary so I looked up Awakenings:

Protestantism has experienced at least two “great awakenings” so far. The First Great Awakening, in the 1700s, was led by Jonathan Edwards, the Calivinist preacher best remembered for his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The Second Great Awakening, also called the Great Revival, occured in the early 1800s and was the genesis of what we now call Evangelical Protestantism. This new Protestantism focused on individuals and their personal relationship with Jesus. It removed the last vestige of the Church as institution as a player in a person’s ultimate salvation. As a byproduct of this new dogma, the Anglican Church was replaced as the nation’s leading denomination by the Methodists and Baptists.

Many people believe there was already a Third Great Awakening that lasted from before the Civil War until after the turn of the Twentieth Century that focused on social justice and the missionary movement.

One comment

  • oldgringo
    September 14, 2006 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    Just a continuation of the BUSHCO litany of fundamentalist cannon law, and as per usual, totally devoid of substantive reasoning which is precluded by the “faith based mumbo jumbo of the self righteous right Mega Churches which as a basic tenant, proscribes both “reason” and “proof”.

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