The Civil Theology: Myths of Destiny

  • Maureen Henry
Part of the Sovietica book series (SOVA, volume 43)

Abstract

The underlying theme of most American myth-making during the nineteenth century was an impatient preoccupation with American destiny that produced a gradually increasing concern with the projected civil theology cosmos almost to the exclusion of the public philosophy. As the above quotation indicates, by 1826 many Americans were looking forward eagerly to the divinely ordained glorious destiny of their country . The pledge of the earliest settlers that America should be as a City upon a Hill had been fulfilled magnificently, or so Americans felt. But this was no longer enough. The men of the nineteenth century could see farther into the future, and most of them saw glories and achievements beyond the visions of the seventeenth century.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maureen Henry
    • 1
  1. 1.St. John’s UniversityJamaicaUSA

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