Articles on Nations:
Alcohol Prayer Initiative 2009, New York
CAN EUROPE BE SAVED?
CHURCH SUPPORTING POLITICS
CONGO-KINSHASA, A REMARKABLE CONFERENCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AMSTERDAM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AUSTRALIA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BELGIUM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BRAZIL
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF FRANCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF HUNGARY
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF KOREA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY of SWEDEN
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF THE USA
COVERING AN AREA WITH PRAYER
Dialogue with Jacques Ellul
DURBAN II ≈ EVIAN III; NEW ANTISEMITISM
EUROPA – AFRIKA; Indrukwekkende Conferentie
EUROPA – AFRIKA; verzoeningsconferentie dvd
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo I: Hist. Overview
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo II: Report
EUROPE - AFRICA; Neo-Imperialism
Gebed voor de koning
GEBEDSBEDEKKING VAN EEN GEBIED
GOD'S COVENANT WITH ALL NATIONS
HOW TO DEFEND WHICH BORDERS OF ISRAEL?
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 1
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 2
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 3
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 4
Landbelofte of staatbelofte?
LOVING THE CITY GOD'S WAY
MIRACLES AT CITY SCALE
NATIVE AMERICANS, THREE DRAMA'S
NESTOR AFRICAN PRESIDENTS FORGIVES EUROPE
SLAVERY AND HEALING
SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
THE CITY AS BEAUTIFUL AS SHE COULD BE
THE CITY, AND WHY CITY PRAYER?
TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE PACIFIC
TWO CITIES DEDICATED TO KING JESUS
ÜBERSETZUNG THE NATIONS CALLED
VERZOENING MET NATIVE AMERICANS
WHY IS AFRICA SO POOR?
ZES LANDEN RIJNPROJECT
ZONDER VERZOENING GEEN TOEKOMST
Articles on Society:
A REVEALING UN-MEETING
A strategic assault on this generation of children
BOEK BOS ANTIDEMOCRATISCH?
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD TARGETED
COPENHAGEN – Five questions
COPENHAGEN - No bread from stones
Copenhagen, where do we go from here?
DE ANDERE AGENDA VAN DE DALAI LAMA
DE OLYMPISCHE SPELEN
Einde Zwarte Pieten discussie?
EU: HUMANISME VERSUS “GOD”
EUROPA, WAAROM DIE NAAM?
EUROPE, WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
EVROPA - CO SKRÝVÁ TO JMÉNO?
EYPΩΠH, TI KPYBETAI ΣTO ONOMA
HER-MYTHOLOGISERING INTERNATIONALE POLITIEK?
Informed intercession for the UN
Jezus dienaar van Moeder Aarde?
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 1
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 2
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 3 (EU-Referendum)
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 4
Massa op Malieveld; nee toch?
MICRO FINANCING AND GRACE
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN I
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN II
Obama 1: Obama en het leven
Obama 2: Door Obama een les voor de kerk
PRAYING FOR THE G8
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 0 OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS?
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 1: CHURCH-STATE/GOD-STATE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 2: GOD-STATE LINK IN OUR TIME
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 3: EU AND UN “COVENANTS”
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 4:GOD-STATE IN NEAR FUTURE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 5: WHAT ABOUT GOD’S MASTER PLAN
THINKING AND BELIEVING IN THE CHURCH
THINKING, BELIEVING AND SCIENCE
UN-DUURZAAMHEIDS TOP IN JOHANNESBURG
WHAT HAPPENS AT UN CONFERENCES?
WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
A NATION AS A TREE?
Belijden van de zonden van je land?
BIDDEN VOOR HOOGGEPLAATSTEN
BLOED SCHREEUWT VAN DE AARDE
GODEN DER VOLKEN
'GODS OF THE NATIONS'
HERSTEL VAN HET ALTAAR
HET KRUIS VAN JEZUS
JEZUS KOMT - drie voordrachten
NBV, COMMENTAAR OP ÉÉN ASPECT
OOK TOPCONFERENTIES IN DE BIJBEL GAAN OVER VOLKEN
THE CROSS OF JESUS
THE GLORY OF HIERARCHY
TITHING AND ETERNITY
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 0 OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS?
by: Pieter Bos
A NEW DIRECTION IN THE CHURCH-STATE DEBATE:
TOWARDS RE-MYTHOLOGISATION OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS?
Resuming the old church-state debate? Why under the heading of “re-mythologisation”? Where is God in international politics?
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Summary and conclusions
Around 500 BC the Greek Xenophanes started to question the known myths of his time: “What did really, factually, happen?” In this way he started a process of de-mythologisation, and so became the first “historian”, as some now claim.
In the Bible, which was written both before and after Xenophanes, the concept of “God’s hand in history” is clearly present. As a result it is also found in Christian theology. In fact European history has been shaped by powerful people who made intriguing, pious, aggressive and unashamed claims that they were carrying out God’s hand in history. Such claims have been supported by whole libraries of interpretations of the church-state relationship.
In the 19th century the concept of the “nation-state” emerged, politics was secularised and the church, through this and other dynamics, was more and more marginalised.
In the 1960’s in theology the movement of de-mythologisation started. Again the question was asked: “What did really, factually, happen?” Not this time by emerging historians, but by rationalistic theologians, who deemed the supernatural unscientific and/or no longer fitting in 20th century thinking. This resulted in a hardening of the “separation of church and state”. From an institutional separation of church and state (with which I agree) this concept moved to a conceptual exclusion: faith (myth, religion) is not relevant and therefore taboo and even labelled “fundamentalist” in public affairs. Religion was pushed out of the public debate into private life.
However, in the beginning of the 21ste century, the church-state debate, or at least the religion-politics debate is back on the scene. Several international dynamics have contributed: the development of post-modernism, the unconcealed influence of New Age thinking, the sudden and sometimes aggressive international presence of Islam are among them. Suddenly “God/god is back in the public arena” (not too obviously, though, to prevent accusations of “religious terror”).
This development brings the following questions to the front: What is the place of God/god in the state? And in public life? What is “God’s hand in history”? Is a process of re-mythologisation emerging?
This series of articles deals with the following topics.
Art.1 The task of the Church: from a church-state to a God-state relation
Is the Church (or: church) a “societal partner” in the fabric of public life, or a “spiritual body” mediating in the relation between God and the state? This article presents and elaborates the central THESIS:
Not the church-state relationship is the issue, but the God-state relationship; the Church is a “third party” mediating between the two, working towards a covenant relationship of God and state.
This article starts out by presenting definitions of Church, church, state, people, to avoid misunderstanding, and explores the realistic possibility of a covenant relationship between God and the state, and the factual relevance of the Church as a spiritual body in 21st century society.
Art. 2 Realism and hope for the Church, for nations and for politicians
This is the basic application of the Thesis. Historic church-state relationships are described, and then fourteen 21st century examples of God-state relationships are presented. These fourteen examples show the Church mediating between God and the state, indeed “ruling with Christ in the heavenlies”!
Art. 3 Realism and despair concerning the EU and the UN
This is a “hot” application of the Thesis, surveying the (still illuminating) referendum on the EU-constitution in 2005. It led toward a negative voting advice, both because of the constitution and because of the fragile foundation of the (covenantal) structure of the EU and UN.
Art 4 The bigger picture and the urgency
This is the long-term application of the Thesis. Nine current “Anti-covenants” block the God-state relationship that God intends, but at the same time push towards a “re-mythologisation” of international politics. Also increasing intolerance between the world religions Judaism, secularising Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and New Age tend in that direction. At the same time an increasing number of “test cases of God-state relationship” emerges. History will culminate as Jesus returns to be king, in our political reality!
Art 5 Conclusion: Understanding God’s master plan will cause a paradigm shift
This series presents an unusual view of history, both for this time and the near future. What the apostle John presented in Revelation is not so much the “end time” as the “bottleneck of history”, a transition to the realm of peace under Christ as king over the Commonwealth of Israel. God does have a “hand in history”! How does history develop in that direction? We hardly know, but the scenario is not the issue. The issue is whether the Church is ready for whatever scenario is coming!
The dynamics of world politics are tense with covenant passion and covenant breaking, with God’s rightful wrath and His amazing grace, with eternal death and eternal life of peoples and nations, with exalted kingship and passionate bridegroomship.
The God-state relationship during the Millennium as a political reality is a near-future phase in world politics. Do the main players notice the urgency?
NB: This series of articles is the elaboration and application of chapter 5 of “THE NATIONS CALLED, Theology of the Nations and their Redemption.” by the same author. This book explains in more detail the concept of God’s covenant with all the nations, as present, but mostly overlooked, throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.