Mission and Menace : Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
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Observing that Abraham Lincoln once described the United States as an "almost chosen nation," Robert Jewett offers a critical survey of the history of America's self-understanding as a nation enjoying both divine blessing and a God-given vocation as a "city on a hill."From beginnings at Jamestown, Jewett shows, the American mythology of divine mission has decisively shaped both domestic and foreign policies of the developing nation, and it remains one of the most important forces affecting the United States' role in the world today. Chapters include:Colonial Beginnings: The City Set Upon a Hill The Second Great Awakening, Manifest Destiny, Reform and Reaction From the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War The Political Distortion of Religion: Triumphant Fundamentalism, Impeachment, and the War against Terrorism and more. Written in the tradition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the volume includes black and white illustrations.

Author Biography

Robert Jewett is Guest Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg and Professor of New Testament Interpretation Emeritus at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston

Table of Contents

Chronology, 1607-2007p. ix
Illustrationsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Shaping Zealous Trajectories
Colonial Beginnings: The Millennial City Set upon a Hillp. 11
God's New Israel: The Theocratic Experiment and Its Deflationp. 28
The Great Awakening: Prelude to the American Revolutionp. 44
The Post-Millennial Republic: The "New Order of the Ages"p. 67
The Second Great Awakening: New Denominations, Reforms, and the Pre-Millennial Reactionp. 87
Millennial Crises and the Rise of Fundamentalism
The Civil War: A Conflict over the Bible and Millennial Missionp. 115
Reconstruction and Racial Violence: Religion in Cultural Captivityp. 132
The Gilded Age and Millennial Destiny: War, Colonialism, and the Social Gospelp. 144
New Diversity: Emerging Fundamentalism and the World's Parliament of Religionp. 161
Three Millennial Crusades: Disappointment, the Red Scare, and the Crisis of Fundamentalismp. 182
Culture over Christ: Acculturation and the Decline of Mainline Churchesp. 203
The Menace of Triumphant Civil Religion
Depression and World War: The Rise of Religious Replacement and Escapismp. 225
Cold War Religion: The Celebration of One Nation under Godp. 245
Zealous Nationalism Overwhelms Prophetic Realism: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Conservative Backlashp. 267
The Political Distortion of Religion: Impeachment and the War against Terrorismp. 279
Conclusionp. 293
Notesp. 305
Works Citedp. 335
Index of Names and Eventsp. 359
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