I am reading a nifty manuscript on civil religion. The author emphasizes that one of the great traditions of American civil religion - Martin Luther King's, for example - reads the Bible narrative as provides types of the themes that we also see in our national narrative. This is not the same as seeing the Bible as providing literal prophetic markers of current events, as 'End Times' readings do. Rather, the belief that history has an arc, which we see signs of in the biblical story and in our own, connected-but-different story, is a deep and fruitful way of seeing history as meaningful.
I have also long believed that life has a providential form, which is a way of seeing historical events as a meaningful narrative.
It has only struck me now, though, that these two kinds of readings - a typological reading of the Bible and a providential reading of history - are intimately connected. My intuition is that they are really just different ways of doing the same thing.
But I can 't quite flesh out the argument to prove that intuition. Any help from you smart readers to make the argument or set me straight?