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For the Kingdom, while breaking into history decisively in the coming of Christ, is at the same time still to come in all its fullness. The first Christians knew that their own communities and political arrangements were provisional and that on earth they had ‘no continuing city’. This recognition sets Christian apocalyptic apart from the judgemental violence that characterises modern apocalyptic politics. The Christian who discerns the true meaning of apocalypse has no right and no cause to use violence in defence of Christian values, or of a Christian city, for she still looks for a city that is to come.
The first Christians knew that their own communities and political arrangements were provisional and that on earth they had ‘no continuing city’. This recognition sets Christian apocalyptic apart from the judgemental violence that characterises modern apocalyptic politics. The Christian who discerns the true meaning of apocalypse has no right and no cause to use violence in defence of Christian values, or of a Christian city, for she still looks for a city that is to come. 2 – The Fading of the Dream The postmillennialist belief that America is close to realising the Kingdom of God on earth is no longer the dominant strain in American apocalyptic, despite the vestiges of this tradition in Wilsonian political rhetoric and neoliberal economic dogma.
These advanced technologies of warfare certainly helped the mujahideen to succeed in ousting the Soviets. They also enhanced the already viciously violent tendencies of Saudi, Yemeni, Egyptian and other jihadis who were drawn into Afghanistan. With the ousting of the Soviets the mujahideen were caught up in a vicious civil war in Afghanistan which ended with the installation of the extremist Islamist regime of the Taliban over a ruined country. But their effectiveness in ousting the Soviets was not matched by their achievements in government.