American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion

Reassessing the History of an Idea

Author: John D. Wilsey

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830899294

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Ever since John Winthrop told his fellow colonists in 1630 that they were about to establish a City upon a Hill, the idea of having a special place in history has captured the American imagination. Through centuries of crises and opportunities, many have taken up this theme to inspire the nation. But others have criticized the notion because it implies a sense of superiority which can fuel racism, warmongering and even idolatry. In this remarkable book, John Wilsey traces the historical development of exceptionalism, including its theological meaning and implications for civil religion. From seventeenth-century Puritans to twentieth-century industrialists, from politicians to educators, exceptionalism does not appear as a monolithic concept to be either totally rejected or devotedly embraced. While it can lead to abuses, it can also point to constructive civil engagement and human flourishing. This book considers historically and theologically what makes the difference. Neither the term nor the idea of American exceptionalism is going away. John Wilsey s careful history and analysis will therefore prove an important touchstone for discussions of American identity in the decades to come.
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Religion and American Exceptionalism

Author: Dennis R. Hoover

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415857093

Category: Political Science

Page: 87

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"American exceptionalism" was once a rather obscure and academic concept, but in the 2012 presidential election campaign the phrase attained unprecedented significance in political rhetoric. President Obama's conservative critics—most notably Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney—accused the president of disbelieving in American exceptionalism and thereby offending the nation's civil religion. This creed traditionally has included the notion that America is a political "new Israel" called by God and guided by His Providence to be the exemplar, vanguard, and champion of liberal democracy and the free market for all humanity. The newly politicized narrative of exceptionalism portrayed Obama as a president embarrassed by his own country and intent on remaking the United States in the image of the secularist and socialist countries of Europe. This book takes a step back from the partisan rhetorical bluster and examines afresh the historical and analytical meanings of American exceptionalism, and the extent to which religion—both "real" religion and the more ambiguous "civil" religion—has shaped these meanings and their uses/abuses. This book was published as a special issue of The Review of Faith and International Affairs.
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Die Arroganz der Macht

Author: J. William Fulbright

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688112873

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

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Nach den bürgerkriegsähnlichen Unruhen in Vierteln von Newark, Detroit und anderen Städten der USA faßte Fulbright Anfang August 1967 in einer Rede vor der amerikanischen Anwaltsvereinigung in Honolulu seine Kritik an der Innen- und Außenpolitik der USA zusammen in dem Urteil, die Vereinigten Staaten «übten Macht um der Macht willen» aus und sie seien auf dem Wege, «eine imperialistische Nation zu werden». Der Illusion, Amerika könne in Vietnam Krieg führen und zugleich Armut und Rechtsungleichheit im eigenen Lande wirksam bekämpfen, hielt der Senator die Diagnose entgegen, die USA seien im Begriff, den Krieg an beiden Fronten zu verlieren, denn: «Der Vietnamkrieg zehrt nicht nur an den menschlichen und materiellen Grundlagen unserer schwelenden Städte, er nährt nicht nur in den Slums die Überzeugung, daß das Land ihrer Lage gleichgültig gegenüberstehe. Der Krieg bestärkt immer mehr die Vorstellung, daß die Gewalt ein Weg zur Lösung von Problemen sei.»
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Popular Evangelicalism in American Culture

Author: Richard G. Kyle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351581538

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Popular Evangelicalism in American Culture explores the controversies, complexities, and historical development of the evangelical movement in America and its impact on American culture. Evangelicalism is one of the most dynamic and growing religious movements in America and has been both a major force in shaping American society and likewise a group which has resisted aspects of the modern world. Organised thematically this book demonstrates the impact of American culture on popular evangelicalism by exploring the following topics: ?politics; ?economics; ?salvation; millennialism; ?the megachurch and electronic churches; ?and popular culture.?? This accessible and thought-provoking volume will interest anyone concerned with the modern-day success of the Evangelical movement in America.
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Jerusalem und der eine Gott

Eine Religionsgeschichte

Author: Othmar Keel

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3525540299

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Wenige beruhmte Stadte waren im Lauf ihrer Geschichte so umstritten wie Jerusalem. Selten wurde die Stadt von Herrschern aus ihren Reihen regiert. Lang ist die Liste der fremden Machte, die uber sie geherrscht haben, schon in biblischer Zeit. Agypter, Assyrer, Babylonier, Perser, Ptolemaer, Seleukiden und Romer haben einander abgelost. Immer wieder stellte sich die drangende Frage, wie man sich den neuen Herrschern und ihrer Kultur gegenuber verhalten soll. Unterschiedlichste Formen von Anpassung und Widerstand wurden praktiziert. Seine weltgeschichtliche Bedeutung verdankt die Stadt aber nicht den turbulenten politischen Auseinandersetzungen, dem Wachsen und Schrumpfen ihres Territoriums, sondern der Tatsache, der Geburtsort jenes Monotheismus geworden zu sein, der zu einem wesentlichen Element des Judentums, des Christentums und des Islam wurde. Diese monotheistischen Religionen erfreuen sich heute nicht eines besonders guten Rufs. In breiten Kreisen geniessen polytheistische Systeme mit ihrer Vielzahl von Gottheiten mehr Sympathie.Der seit 50 Jahren wissenschaftlich tatige Othmar Keel skizziert in knappen Strichen, wie der israelitisch-judische Monotheismus bei seiner Entstehung viele Erfahrungen, Symbole und Erkenntnisse polytheistischer Religionen aufgenommen und in seine globale Vision integriert hat. Das zu zeigen verwendet Keel ebenso souveran biblische wie ausserbiblische Texte, archaologische wie neueste ikonographische Funde. Besonders letztere kommen in seiner Darstellung stark zum Zug und fuhren wiederholt zu uberraschend neuen Einsichten.
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Culture Wars

An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices

Author: Roger Chapman

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 0765622505

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 768

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A collection of letters from a cross-section of Japanese citizens to a leading Japanese newspaper, relating their experiences and thoughts of the Pacific War.
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Who are we?

die Krise der amerikanischen Identität

Author: Samuel P. Huntington

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442151981

Category:

Page: 506

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Democracy in America

A New Abridgment for Students

Author: de Tocqueville, Alexis

Publisher: Lexham Press

ISBN: 1577997662

Category: Political Science

Page: 512

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French thinker Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has for years been a classic for American political studies. The expansive 2-volume original is here provided in a new abridgement for students, giving an accessible yet complete picture of Tocqueville’s thought. With a new introduction by editor John D. Wilsey, this volume opens a clear window into American political, cultural, and religious history.
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Patriotism Black and White

The Color of American Exceptionalism

Author: Nichole Phillips

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781481309578

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

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American civil religion unifies the nation's culture, regulates national emotions, and fosters a storied national identity. American civil religion celebrates the nation's founding documents, holidays, presidents, martyrs and, above all, those who died in its wars. Patriotism Black and White investigates the relationship between patriotism and civil religion in a politically populist community comprised of black and white evangelicals in rural Tennessee. By measuring the effort to remember national sacrifice, Patriotism Black and White probes deeply into how patriotism funds civil religion in light of two changes to America--the election of its first Black president and the initiation of a modern, religiously inspired war. Based on her four years of ethnographic research, Nichole Phillips discovers that both black and white evangelicals feel marginalized and isolated from the rest of the country. Bound by regional identity, both groups respond similarly to these drastic changes. Black and white constituents continue to express patriotism and embrace a robust national identity. Despite the commonality of being rural and southern, Phillips' study reveals that racial experiences are markers for distinguishable responses to radical social change. As Phillips shows, racial identity led to differing responses to the War on Terror and the Obama administration, and thus to a crisis in American national identity, opening the door to new nativistic and triumphalist interpretations of American exceptionalism. It is through this door that Phillips takes readers in Patriotism Black and White.
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Das Globalisierungs-Paradox

die Demokratie und die Zukunft der Weltwirtschaft

Author: Dani Rodrik

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406613517

Category:

Page: 415

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Ein Plädoyer gegen Hyperglobalisierung und für eine gewisse demokratische Renationalisierung der Wirtschaftspolitik.
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Via Roma

Die Geschichte Roms in 50 Straßen

Author: Willemijn van Dijk

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641212839

Category: Art

Page: 288

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Auf den Straßen der Ewigen Stadt durch 2000 Jahre römische Geschichte Die junge niederländische Althistorikerin Willemijn van Dijk lädt den Leser ein, sich der über 2000-jährigen Geschichte der Stadt Rom auf einem ungewöhnlichen Weg zu nähern: Sie hat 50 Straßen und Plätze gewählt, die von den Zeiten des sagenhaften Gründers Romulus bis zu den Zeiten Mussolinis und die Gegenwart führen. Neben so bekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die Piazza Navona oder den Trevibrunnen besucht sie auch abgelegenere und unbekanntere Orte, die alle auf Ihre Weise ein Stück Stadtgeschichte erzählen. Ein idealer Begleiter für die nächste Rom-Reise!
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Political Religion Beyond Totalitarianism

The Sacralization of Politics in the Age of Democracy

Author: J. Augusteijn,P. Dassen,M. Janse

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291729

Category: History

Page: 273

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The success of fascist and communist regimes has long been explained by their ability to turn political ideology into a type of religion. These innovative essays explore the notion that all forms of modern mass-politics, including democracies, need a form of sacralization to function.
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Religion und Gesellschaft

gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie

Author: Max Weber

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783534254972

Category: Economic history

Page: 1226

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Erinnerung im globalen Zeitalter

der Holocaust

Author: Daniel Levy,Natan Sznaider

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518458709

Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Page: 259

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Bridging the Atlantic

The Question of American Exceptionalism in Perspective

Author: German historical institute (Washington, D.C.).

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521782050

Category: History

Page: 310

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Bridging the Atlantic discusses comparative developments in modern European and American history. The case studies on British, German, and U.S. History since the eighteenth century assembled here seek to establish an integrated vision of Atlantic history. The contributions by European and American historians challenge the concept of American exceptionalism and present a vivid example of the ongoing debate between American and European historians on the structure and nature of European-American relations.
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Civil Religion, Human Rights and International Relations

Connecting People Across Cultures and Traditions

Author: Helle Porsdam

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1781000522

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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This ground breaking book discusses whether human rights can be forged into a common set of transcendent principles against which actions of every nation can be judged and whether such a common understanding, or civil religion, could one day become a vehicle for global peace. Eminent international scholars of history, political science, international relations, human rights and civil religion argue both sides of this debate. In Part One, the theoretical issues relating to why human rights have come about and whether they should be fought for are discussed. Part Two focuses on the reality of actions brought about by human rights ideas with illuminating case studies showing that human rights ideas and practice are generated from both the bottom up and top down by individual actors and institutions. The unique book will be of great interest to scholars in the field of history, human rights, international relations and political science in general.
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The Rhetoric of American Civil Religion

Symbols, Sinners, and Saints

Author: Jason A. Edwards,Joseph M. Valenzano, III

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498541496

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 248

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This book examines the rhetoric of the Founding Fathers, activists, presidents, and contemporary actors who play a large role in helping to define American civil religion. It demonstrates how America’s civil religion is forged through contestations of its beliefs, rituals, places, events, and myths by different groups and individuals.
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