American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the by Philip Gorski

By Philip Gorski

An authoritative account of the lengthy conflict among exclusionary and inclusive types of the yank story

Was the us based as a Christian state or a mundane 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 history of civic republicanism. during this bold ebook, Gorski indicates why this civil non secular culture is now in peril—and with it the yank experiment.

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

American Covenant makes the compelling case that if we're to rebuild that important heart, we needs to get better the civil non secular culture on which the republic used to be founded.

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