Political Danger

Political Danger

Author: J. R. Willson
Publisher: Crown & Covenant
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 456

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James R. Willson (1780-1853) was a Reformed Presbyterian pastor, theologian, and seminary professor known for his politico-religious activism and philanthropic efforts. Political Danger presents a number of his essays (many never published before) written between 1809-1838. Though these articles address the political controversies of the time, they are nevertheless remarkably compelling and fresh today.

Readers of this book will find the following:

Evidence that not all Presbyterians were complicit with slavery and that some, in fact, were vehemently opposed to it.

A demonstration of the traditionally Calvinist doctrine of the Mediatorial Kingship of Christ over nations, and the practical political expressions of that doctrine.

Proof that although Willson was in favor of a Christian nation, he was aware of and argued that the United States was built on consciously non-Christian foundations.

A discussion of issues on the separation of church and state, such as civil Sabbath observance and Deist objections to prayer in the State Assembly.

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