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Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal [Paperback]

By Robert Jewett (Author) & Ole Wangerin (With)
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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.

Written in the tradition of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, the volume includes black and white illustrations.

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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.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   365
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 5.97" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800662849  
ISBN13  9780800662844  


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More About Robert Jewett & Ole Wangerin


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Jewett is Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Robert Jewett currently resides in the state of Iowa.

Robert Jewett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon Basic Bible Commentary
  2. Genesis to Revelation
  3. Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible


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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General


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?  Dec 7, 2009
The material covered is applicable, however, author is lost in changing what he writes being his expertise is in another field.
 
A scathing indictment, nonetheless astutely written and persuasively presented.  Apr 3, 2008
Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal is a highly skeptical examination of the impact of Christianity on American history from the colonial era to the modern day. From the role of the "Indian captivity narrative" in popular culture and its evolution into the modern-day superhero story that substituted other villains for nefarious portrayals of Native Americans, to the Civil War interpreted as a conflict over the Bible and millennial mission, to the rise of religious replacement and escapism during the Great Depression and World War II, to the triumph of zealous nationalism over prophetic realism during the Vietnam War and more, Mission and Menace critically analyzes religion's influence on American perception and policy, particularly focusing upon the repercussions of fundamentalist religion. "American millennialism, whether evangelical or liberal, tends to encourage intolerance, which was particularly manifest during the Second Great Awakening and the First World War. In the belief that one's group has the only correct view about the thousand-year kingdom, there is a tendency to reject compromise, which is the essence of constitutional systems of checks and balances. This surfaced with particular intensity after 1980. Gridlock in government, which naturally results from such intransigence, was increasingly welcomed... This theology sees every compromise with America's adversaries as a betrayal of divine trust; every effort to achieve arms control and to reduce the danger of accidental nuclear wars is a sellout to the demonic powers." A scathing indictment, nonetheless astutely written and persuasively presented.
 

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