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The Resource American covenant : a history of civil religion from the Puritans to the present, Philip Gorski

American covenant : a history of civil religion from the Puritans to the present, Philip Gorski

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American covenant : a history of civil religion from the Puritans to the present
Title
American covenant
Title remainder
a history of civil religion from the Puritans to the present
Statement of responsibility
Philip Gorski
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Was the United States founded as a Christian nation or a secular democracy? Neither, argues Philip Gorski in American Covenant. What the founders actually envisioned was a prophetic republic that would weave together the ethical vision of the Hebrew prophets and the Western political heritage of civic republicanism. In this ambitious book, Gorski shows why this civil religious tradition is now in peril--and with it the American experiment. Gorski traces the historical development of prophetic republicanism from the Puritan era to the present day. He provides close readings of thinkers such as John Winthrop, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Hannah Arendt, along with insightful portraits of recent and contemporary religious and political leaders such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Gorski shows how the founders' original vision for America is threatened by an internecine struggle between two rival traditions, religious nationalism and radical secularism. Religious nationalism is a form of militaristic hyperpatriotism that imagines the United States as a divine instrument in the final showdown between good and evil. Radical secularists fervently deny the positive contributions of the Judeo-Christian tradition to the American project and seek to remove all traces of religious expression from the public square. Gorski offers an unsparing critique of both, demonstrating how half a century of culture war has drowned out the quieter voices of the vital center. American Covenant makes the compelling case that if we are to rebuild that vital center, we must recover the civil religious tradition on which the republic was founded.--AMAZON
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gorski, Philip S
Dewey number
  • 306.60973
  • 322.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2525
LC item number
.G667 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civil religion
  • United States
  • Civil religion
  • Religion
  • United States
  • Zivilreligion
  • USA
  • United States
Label
American covenant : a history of civil religion from the Puritans to the present, Philip Gorski
Link
http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i10976.pdf
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prophetic republicanism as vital center -- The civil religious tradition and its rivals -- The Hebraic moment: the New England Puritans -- Hebraic republicanism: the American Revolution -- Democratic republicanism: the Civil War -- The progressive era: empire and the republic -- The post-World War II period: Jew, Protestant, Catholic -- From Reagan to Obama: tradition corrupted and (almost) recovered -- The civil religion: critics and allies -- The righteous republic
Control code
ocn956583454
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 320 pages
Isbn
9780691147673
Lccn
2016013496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026858992
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691147673
  • (OCoLC)956583454
Label
American covenant : a history of civil religion from the Puritans to the present, Philip Gorski
Link
http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i10976.pdf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prophetic republicanism as vital center -- The civil religious tradition and its rivals -- The Hebraic moment: the New England Puritans -- Hebraic republicanism: the American Revolution -- Democratic republicanism: the Civil War -- The progressive era: empire and the republic -- The post-World War II period: Jew, Protestant, Catholic -- From Reagan to Obama: tradition corrupted and (almost) recovered -- The civil religion: critics and allies -- The righteous republic
Control code
ocn956583454
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 320 pages
Isbn
9780691147673
Lccn
2016013496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40026858992
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691147673
  • (OCoLC)956583454

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