Americanism

the fourth great Western religion

By Gelernter, David Hillel

Publishers Summary:
What does it mean to "believe" in America? Why do we speak of our country as having a higher purpose? Author Gelernter traces the emergence of America as the embodiment of a powerful religious idea. Americanism begins with the Puritan settlers in New England who saw themselves as the new children of Israel and whose faith-based ideals of liberty, equality, and democratic governance had a greater influence on the nation's founders than the Enlightenment. These concepts were gradually transformed into a secular religion of freedom, with followers throughout the world. Its adherents have included oppressed peoples everywhere--from the patriots of the Hungarian Revolution to the martyred Chinese dissidents of Tiananmen Square. Americanism is a powerful reminder of America's dedication to spreading freedom--surely one of the most profound and beautiful religious ideas the world has ever known.--From publisher description.

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ISBN
978-0-38551-312-8
Publisher
New York : Doubleday, c2007.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2007

This work is an overgrown magazine think piece designed to provoke. Mission accomplished. AWeekly Standard writer and Yale computer science professor, Gelernter is at his best in describing the Puritan vision of America as a "city on a hill" that has held for four centuries, as well as the immeasurable and undeniable influence of the Bible on American thought. But when ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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