God’s New Israel: Religious Interpretations of American by Conrad (ed.) Cherry

By Conrad (ed.) Cherry

The assumption that the United States has been providentially selected for a
special future has deep roots within the country's earlier. As either a
stimulus of inventive American power and a resource of American
self-righteousness, this proposal has lengthy served as a motivating
national mythology.

God's New Israel is a set of thirty-one readings that hint the subject of yank future lower than God via significant advancements in U.S. historical past. First released in 1971 and now completely up-to-date to mirror modern occasions, it good points the phrases of such admired and numerous american citizens as Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Jefferson, Brigham younger, leader Seattle, Abraham Lincoln, Frances Willard, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Ralph Reed, and Rosemary Radford Ruether. Neither a heritage of yank spiritual denominations nor a background of yankee theology, this booklet is in its place an illuminating examine how faith has contributed to shaping americans' knowing of themselves as a people.

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Yea, I will not feare to aifirme unto you, that those men whom God hath made able any way to be helpefull to this Plantation, and made knowne unto them the necessities of our wants, are bound in conscience by vertue of this precept, to lay their helping hands to it, either with their purse, persons, or prayers, so farre forth as God hath made them fit for it. For it is evident that our wise God hath bestowed no gift upon any man, for their private use, but for the good of other men, whom God shall offer to their Liberalitie.

O you that spend so much on them, thinke it no dishonour to your persons, no impoverishing to your state, to bestow somewhat to the raising up of Christs kingdome, and maintenance of so holy and heavenly an action as this is, God of his goodnesse that hath given you abilitie to performe it, make you willing to help it forward with the best of your power. " The some of which reason is, that though God doe not presently reward our well doing, but doe defer the requitall of it for many daies, yet thy good works shall not perish, but God at the appointed time, shall abundantly recompence thy liberality.

The Colonial Errand into the Wilderness 29 to become a "city upon a hill" had returned through the movement of God's Spirit in the Awakening. 4 Many eighteenth-century figures, including Edwards, found their enthusiasm for the Awakening checked by some of the results of the revivals: heated theological controversies, the division of denominations into prorevivalist and antirevivalist factions, uncontrolled emotionalism. Despite the Great Awakening's divisive influence upon Protestant denominations and the Protestant religious consciousness, however, it played an important cohesive role in the colonies.

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