Mission and menace: four centuries of American religious zeal

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Fortress Press, 2008 - Religion - 365 pages
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Observing that Abraham Lincoln once described the United States as an "almost chosen nation," Robert Jewett offers a critical survey of the history of America's self-understanding as a nation enjoying both divine blessing and a God-given vocation as a "city on a hill."From beginnings at Jamestown, Jewett shows, the American mythology of divine mission has decisively shaped both domestic and foreign policies of the developing nation, and it remains one of the most important forces affecting the United States' role in the world today. Chapters include:Colonial Beginnings: The City Set Upon a Hill The Second Great Awakening, Manifest Destiny, Reform and Reaction From the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War The Political Distortion of Religion: Triumphant Fundamentalism, Impeachment, and the War against Terrorism and more.

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SHAPING
9
The Theocratic Experiment
28
Prelude to the American
44
Copyright

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Jewett is Professor of Religious Studies, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.

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