Religious Ideology in American Politics
About the Book
The connections between religion and political discourse in the arena of American politics are profound and longstanding. By looking at the writings of American thinkers from colonial times to the present, this work argues for the consistency and permanence of the American religious vision as it relates to political life. Ideas including Manifest Destiny, America as “God’s Country” and Americans as “God’s People” are explored within this framework, as is how these ideals of American exceptionalism and the “City on the Hill” have survived and mutated into the current U.S. political climate.
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About the Author(s)
Nicole Guétin is an associate professor of English and teaches American culture at the University of Kairouan, Tunisia.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
PART I : THE IDEALIST VISION OF THE NEW WORLD
1. The Puritan Heritage 13
2. Religious Motivations in the American Revolution 30
3. The Emergence of a Collective Consciousness 46
PART II : THE AMERICAN POLICY OF CONQUEST
4. American Expansionism and Destiny 65
5. America: A God-Centered Nation 81
6. American Exceptionalism 97
PART III : THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES
7. The Monroe Doctrine 115
8. Racism and the Ethnocentric Debate 134
9. Civil Religion and American Messianism 154
10. Evangelism and Millenarianism 171
Chapter Notes 193