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The belief that America has been providentially chosen for a
special destiny has deep roots in the country's past. As both a
stimulus of creative American energy and a source of American
self-righteousness, this notion has long served as a motivating
national mythology.


God's New Israel is a collection of thirty-one readings that trace the theme of American destiny under God through major developments in U.S. history. First published in 1971 and now thoroughly updated to reflect contemporary events, it features the words of such prominent and diverse Americans as Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Jefferson, Brigham Young, Chief Seattle, Abraham Lincoln, Frances Willard, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Ralph Reed, and Rosemary Radford Ruether. Neither a history of American religious denominations nor a history of American theology, this book is instead an illuminating look at how religion has helped shape Americans' understanding of themselves as a people.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quotes
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition
  2. Conrad Cherry
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. PART ONE: THE COLONIAL ERRAND INTO THE WILDERNESS
  2. pp. 23-29
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  1. Good Newes from Virginia
  2. ALEXANDER WHITAKER
  3. pp. 30-36
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  1. A Modell of Christian Charity
  2. JOHN WINTHROP
  3. pp. 37-41
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  1. God's Controversy with New England
  2. MICHAEL WIGGLESWORTH
  3. pp. 42-53
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  1. The Latter-Day Glory Is Probably to Begin in America
  2. JONATHAN EDWARDS
  3. pp. 54-58
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  1. PART TWO: REVOLUTION, CONSTITUTION, AND A NEW NATION'S DESTINY
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. The American States Acting Over the Part of the Children of Israel in the Wilderness and Thereby Impeding Their Entrance into Canaan's Rest
  2. NICHOLAS STREET
  3. pp. 67-81
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  1. The United States Elevated to Glory and Honour
  2. EZRA STILES
  3. pp. 82-92
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  1. The Republic of the Israelites an Example to the American States
  2. SAMUEL LANGDON
  3. pp. 93-105
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  1. First Inaugural Address
  2. THOMAS JEFFERSON
  3. pp. 106-109
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  1. PART THREE: WESTWARD THE COURSE OF DESTINY
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. A Plea for the West
  2. LYMAN BEECHER
  3. pp. 122-130
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  1. Discourses
  2. BRIGHAM YOUNG
  3. pp. 131-134
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  1. Oration
  2. CHIEF SEATTLE
  3. pp. 135-136
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  1. Passage to India
  2. WALT WHITMAN
  3. pp. 137-145
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  1. The Star of Empire
  2. ALBERT J. BEVERIDGE
  3. pp. 146-159
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  1. PART FOUR: CIVIL WAR AND NATIONAL DESTINY
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. The Battle Set in Array
  2. HENRY WARD BEECHER
  3. pp. 169-183
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  1. National Responsibility before God
  2. BENJAMIN M. PALMER
  3. pp. 184-200
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  1. Second Inaugural Address
  2. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
  3. pp. 201-202
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  1. Our Obligations to the Dead
  2. HORACE BUSHNELL
  3. pp. 203-214
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  1. PART FIVE: NATIONAL PROGRESS AND WEALTH
  2. pp. 215-223
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  1. Our Country's Place in History
  2. ISAAC M. WISE
  3. pp. 224-234
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  1. The Tendencies of American Progress
  2. HENRY WARD BEECHER
  3. pp. 235-248
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  1. The Relation of Wealth to Morals
  2. THE RIGHT REVEREND WILLIAM LAWRENCE
  3. pp. 249-259
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  1. A White Life for Two
  2. FRANCES WILLARD
  3. pp. 260-263
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  1. PART SIX: AMERICAN DESTINY AND WORLD WAR
  2. pp. 265-272
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  1. Patriotism
  2. THE RIGHT REVEREND MONSIGNOR C. F. THOMAS
  3. pp. 273-278
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  1. Presenting the Treaty for Ratification
  2. WOODROW WILSON
  3. pp. 279-288
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  1. Annual Message to Congress
  2. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
  3. pp. 289-295
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  1. Anglo-Saxon Destiny and Responsibility
  2. REINHOLD NIEBUHR
  3. pp. 296-300
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  1. PART SEVEN: CHALLENGES SINCE MID-CENTURY
  2. pp. 301-319
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  1. Americas World Role
  1. Freedom's New Task
  2. JOHN FOSTER DULLES
  3. pp. 320-327
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  1. The Arrogance of Power
  2. J . WILLIAM FULBRIGHT
  3. pp. 328-342
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  1. The Black American
  1. Letter from Birmingham Jail
  2. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
  3. pp. 343-355
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  1. The Ballot or the Bullet
  2. MALCOLM X
  3. pp. 356-371
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  1. National Morals
  1. Separation of Church and State: "Christian Nation" and Other Heresies
  2. RALPH REED
  3. pp. 372-379
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  1. Creating a Healed World: Spirituality and Politics
  2. ROSEMARY RADFORD RUETHER
  3. pp. 380-394
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 395-410
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469616445
Related ISBN
9780807824498
MARC Record
OCLC
45843944
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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