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By Philip Gorski

An authoritative account of the lengthy conflict among exclusionary and inclusive models of the yankee story

Was the USA based as a Christian state or an earthly democracy? Neither, argues Philip Gorski in American Covenant. What the founders truly anticipated was once a prophetic republic that might weave jointly the moral imaginative and prescient of the Hebrew prophets and the Western political history of civic republicanism. during this bold e-book, Gorski indicates why this civil spiritual culture is now in peril—and with it the yank experiment.

Gorski strains the ancient improvement of prophetic republicanism from the Puritan period to the current day. He offers shut readings of thinkers reminiscent of John Winthrop, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Hannah Arendt, besides insightful pix of modern and modern non secular and political leaders corresponding to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Gorski indicates how the founders' unique imaginative and prescient for the USA is threatened through an internecine fight among rival traditions, non secular nationalism and radical secularism. spiritual nationalism is a kind of militaristic hyperpatriotism that imagines the USA as a divine tool within the ultimate showdown among sturdy and evil. Radical secularists fervently deny the optimistic contributions of the Judeo-Christian culture to the yankee undertaking and search to take away all strains of non secular expression from the general public sq.. Gorski bargains an unsparing critique of either, demonstrating how part a century of tradition conflict has drowned out the quieter voices of the important center.

American Covenant makes the compelling case that if we're to rebuild that important heart, we needs to get well the civil spiritual culture on which the republic was once founded.

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Download e-book for kindle: American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the by Philip Gorski

An authoritative account of the lengthy conflict among exclusionary and inclusive types of the yankee storyWas the USA based as a Christian state or an earthly democracy? Neither, argues Philip Gorski in American Covenant. What the founders truly predicted used to be a prophetic republic that might weave jointly the moral imaginative and prescient of the Hebrew prophets and the Western political background of civic republicanism.

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