Michael Doran

Debating “National Conservatism”
Debating “National Conservatism”

I welcome the effort to give nationalism more depth because one of the more maddening features of political debate over the past few years is the difficulty in nailing down what exactly the nationalist side believes. In that spirit, I have some questions for the advocates of National Conservatism.

American Blunders in the Middle East: A Review of Michael Doran’s in Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East
American Blunders in the Middle East: A Review of Doran’s Ike’s Gamble

Michael Doran’s book shows how the Eisenhower administration made several mistakes in the Middle East, and today policymakers can learn from them.

What about Amillennialism in Foreign Policy?
What about Amillennialism in Foreign Policy?

If Michael Doran and Walter Russel Mead insist that Christian eschatology is relevant to American foreign policy, it makes sense to at least mention and analyze amillennialism and preterism.

The Delightful Heresy of Jacksonianism
The Delightful Heresy of Jacksonianism

Christians should remember this: any political theology that treats its own people as a divinely chosen political community treads on heretical soil.

Jacksonian Progressive American Foreign Policy Anti-Theology Response Michael Doran First Things
Jacksonians, Progressives & American Foreign Policy’s Anti-Theology

Both the Jacksonian and Progressive persuasions that Michael Doran describes exhibit symptoms of secularized politics. Neither articulates a truly Christian view of politics or foreign policy.

The Third Camp - Reinhold Niebuhr Theology and American Foreign Policy
The Third Camp: Reinhold Niebuhr’s Theology and American Foreign Policy

From the ashes of both Bryan’s ignoble isolationism and Wilson’s utopian universalism rose the school of Christian realism advocated by Reinhold Niebuhr.

A Hebraic Approach to History: Response to Doran's "The Theology of Foreign Policy"
A Hebraic Approach to History: Response to Doran’s “The Theology of Foreign Policy”

Ultimately, why Americans see the world through one theological lens or another has a lot to do with whether they identify more closely with a Hebraic or Hellenic kind of Christianity. Put another way, American Christians view the world differently depending on how much they read the Bible, believe the Bible is divinely inspired, and accept the Bible as authoritative in their lives.

Wondrous Chasm between Jacksonianism and Progressivism? Response to Michael Doran’s “The Theology of Foreign Policy” in First Things - anti-Zionism John Foster Dulles Andrew Jackson
Wondrous Chasm between Jacksonianism and Progressivism? Response to Michael Doran’s “The Theology of Foreign Policy” in First Things

While there is enormous merit to Michael Doran’s binary and overall thesis in his First Things essay, there are some complicating factors that obscure the “wondrous chasm” between Jacksonianism and Progressivism.

Protestant Rivalries and American Foreign Policy - Michael Doran - Jacksonians and Progressives
Protestant Rivalries and American Foreign Policy

Rather than simply securing our borders or pursuing our interests, Americans continue to believe that what happens here is the fate of the earth. The real challenge to this consensus would be a view of America as just another country, neither exceptionally good nor exceptionally evil.

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