American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the by John D. Wilsey,John Fea

By John D. Wilsey,John Fea

Ever on account that John Winthrop instructed his fellow colonists in 1630 that they have been approximately to set up a urban upon a Hill, the belief of getting a different position in heritage has captured the yank mind's eye. via centuries of crises and possibilities, many have taken up this topic to encourage the country. yet others have criticized the suggestion since it implies a feeling of superiority that may gasoline racism, warmongering or even idolatry.

In this striking publication, John Wilsey strains the historic improvement of exceptionalism, together with its theological which means and implications for civil faith. From seventeenth-century Puritans to twentieth-century industrialists, from politicians to educators, exceptionalism doesn't look as a monolithic thought to be both completely rejected or devotedly embraced. whereas it may well result in abuses, it could possibly additionally aspect to optimistic civil engagement and human flourishing. This ebook considers traditionally and theologically what makes the difference.

Neither the time period nor the assumption of yankee exceptionalism goes away. John Wilseys cautious historical past and research will for this reason end up a tremendous touchstone for discussions of yank id within the many years to come.

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