Chosen Nation: Christianity, Politics, and American Destiny

Faith Angle Forum, a A program of the Ethics & Public Policy Center. From the May 2017 Forum in Miami Beach, Florida

DR. CATHERINE BREKUS, CHARLES WARREN PROFESSOR OF THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN AMERICA, HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL

Today we know it as American exceptionalism but not many of us know the full story. Dr. Catherine Brekus takes listeners on a journey through the history of American chosenness and how the concepts relate to our understanding of American exceptionalism today. From John Winthrop to Phillis Wheatley to Donald Trump, Dr. Brekus demonstrates that the idea that America is somehow different–described as the new Israel–is woven into the deepest fabrics of this nation. By understanding the historical narrative, we can then gain a fuller comprehension of how politicians continue to utilize this same line of thinking today.

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