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Religion and American Exceptionalism (Hardback)
  • Religion and American Exceptionalism (Hardback)

Religion and American Exceptionalism (Hardback)

Hardback 96 Pages / Published: 15/07/2013
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"American exceptionalism" was once a rather obscure and academic concept, but in the 2012 presidential election campaign the phrase attained unprecedented significance in political rhetoric. President Obama's conservative critics-most notably Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney-accused the president of disbelieving in American exceptionalism and thereby offending the nation's civil religion. This creed traditionally has included the notion that America is a political "new Israel" called by God and guided by His Providence to be the exemplar, vanguard, and champion of liberal democracy and the free market for all humanity. The newly politicized narrative of exceptionalism portrayed Obama as a president embarrassed by his own country and intent on remaking the United States in the image of the secularist and socialist countries of Europe. This book takes a step back from the partisan rhetorical bluster and examines afresh the historical and analytical meanings of American exceptionalism, and the extent to which religion-both "real" religion and the more ambiguous "civil" religion-has shaped these meanings and their uses/abuses.

This book was published as a special issue of The Review of Faith and International Affairs.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415857093
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 13 mm

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