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American Christianity and the State of Israel

Mon, December 17, 5:00 to 6:30pm, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Waterfront 3 Ballroom

Session Submission Type: Panel Session

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President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem raise the world’s attention to the fact that American Christianity has unique opinions on the State of Israel. The rise of Jewish nationalism at the beginning of the twentieth century, the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and later Israel’s territorial expansion and economic success raised many theological discussions among the different branches of American Christianity regarding the theological role of the Jewish state, and whether it has any unique significance for Christians. The speakers of this panel would discuss the practical ramifications of the debated church teachings like supersessionism (a belief that the Church has replaced the Jews with Divine blessings), dispensationalism (a belief in a system of historical progression), and grassroots Christian Zionism.

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