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date: 23 January 2020

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The Bible has been tremendously influential in American politics by informing grand political theories and by justifying specific policy positions. This chapter analyzes the Bible’s role in political metanarratives and its use in policy positions. From the Puritans’ invocation of Exodus and the City on a Hill through Cold War evangelicals’ interpretations of Revelation, political metanarratives have been animated by divergent and contentious readings of the Bible. Christian uses of the Bible to inform policy stances on slavery, economics, and sexuality have been similarly diverse and contested. Current scholarship shows welcome democratic impulses by challenging long-standing metanarratives and suggesting new policy positions.

Keywords: Bible, American politics, political metanarrative, policy, Exodus, sin, eschatology, City on a Hill, Manifest Destiny, slavery

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