By Philip Gorski
An authoritative account of the lengthy conflict among exclusionary and inclusive models of the yankee story
Was the us based as a Christian country or an earthly democracy? Neither, argues Philip Gorski in American Covenant. What the founders truly anticipated used to be a prophetic republic that will weave jointly the moral imaginative and prescient of the Hebrew prophets and the Western political historical past of civic republicanism. during this bold booklet, Gorski exhibits 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 pics of contemporary and modern non secular and political leaders resembling 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 means of an internecine fight among rival traditions, spiritual nationalism and radical secularism. spiritual nationalism is a sort of militaristic hyperpatriotism that imagines the U.S. as a divine software within the ultimate showdown among reliable and evil. Radical secularists fervently deny the confident contributions of the Judeo-Christian culture to the yankee venture and search to take away all strains 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 well the civil spiritual culture on which the republic used to be founded.
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