Spiritual Perspectives on America's Role as Superpower
The Editors at SkyLight Paths
SkyLight Paths Publishing, 229 pages, $16.95

More than anything since the blessed collapse of the Soviet Union, the Iraq War has highlighted America's role as the world's lone superpower. In a recent Wall Street Journal, columnist Daniel Henninger explored how America rose to this role.

"Yes, the military inventory and tactical skills on display for all the world to see right now are one reason the U.S. has sole claim to the title of superpower, but that stuff's just one piece of it," Henninger wrote. "It's a social and political system rooted in mavericks, innovation, risk-taking, open intellectual argument, impatience, creative change, failure, the frontier spirit, competition, and a compulsion to get ahead."

Dennis Prager, an observant Jew and one of the few conservatives in Spiritual Perspectives on America's Role as Superpower, suggests a more spiritual reason: "There are, and have been, many Christian countries. There are many secular countries. But only America is Judeo-Christian, and it has always seen itself as such."

Others see this nation's superpower status in gloomy terms, and they protest the war as a manifestation of arrogance. Whatever Christians think about America, we face this reality: America's power is not merely a question of economic or military dominance, but also of its moral and spiritual health.

Some of the 16 contributors to this volume cite John Winthrop's concept of America as a city upon a hill, and many cite Jesus' principle that much will be required from those who have received abundantly. That principle leaves many people concerned for America's future. It's easy to find American examples of cultural self-indulgence ...

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