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Mission and menace : four centuries of American religious zeal
Jewett, Robert.

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xvi, 365 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Shaping zealous trajectories -- Colonial beginnings : the millennial city set upon a hill -- God's new Israel : the theocratic experiment and its deflation -- The Great Awakening : prelude to the American Revolution -- The post-millennial republic: the "new order of the ages" -- The second Great Awakening : new denominations, reforms, and the pre-millennial reaction -- Millennial crises and the rise of fundamentalism -- The Civil War : a conflict over the Bible and millennial mission -- Reconstruction and racial violence : religion in cultural captivity -- The gilded age and millennial destiny : war, colonialism, and the social Gospel -- New diversity : emerging fundamentalism and the world's parliament of religion -- Three millennial crusades : disappointment, the Red Scare, and the crisis of fundamentalism -- Culture over Christ : acculturation and the decline of mainline churches -- The menace of triumphant civil religion -- Depression and World War : the rise of religious replacement and escapism -- Cold War religion : the celebration of one nation under God -- Zealous nationalism overwhelms prophetic realism : civil rights, Vietnam, and the conservative backlash -- The political distortion of religion : impeachment and the war against terrorism.
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. [From publisher description].
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Book 0357544 BR515 .J49 2008 Central Campus Library

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* Comparable to Howard Zinn's, A People's History of the United States * Includes black and white illustrations

Table of Contents

Chronology, 1607-2007p. ix
Illustrationsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
I Shaping Zealous Trajectories
1 Colonial Beginnings: The Millennial City Set upon a Hillp. 11
2 God's New Israel: The Theocratic Experiment and Its Deflationp. 28
3 The Great Awakening: Prelude to the American Revolutionp. 44
4 The Post-Millennial Republic: The "New Order of the Ages"p. 67
5 The Second Great Awakening: New Denominations, Reforms, and the Pre-Millennial Reactionp. 87
II Millennial Crises and the Rise of Fundamentalism
6 The Civil War: A Conflict over the Bible and Millennial Missionp. 115
7 Reconstruction and Racial Violence: Religion in Cultural Captivityp. 132
8 The Gilded Age and Millennial Destiny: War, Colonialism, and the Social Gospelp. 144
9 New Diversity: Emerging Fundamentalism and the World's Parliament of Religionp. 161
10 Three Millennial Crusades: Disappointment, the Red Scare, and the Crisis of Fundamentalismp. 182
11 Culture over Christ: Acculturation and the Decline of Mainline Churchesp. 203
III The Menace of Triumphant Civil Religion
12 Depression and World War: The Rise of Religious Replacement and Escapismp. 225
13 Cold War Religion: The Celebration of One Nation under Godp. 245
14 Zealous Nationalism Overwhelms Prophetic Realism: Civil Rights, Vietnam, and the Conservative Backlashp. 267
15 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