2nd Opinion: American exceptionalism at a crossroads?

("Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way," painting by Emanuel Leutze; photo by Ad Meskens)

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In 1630, Puritan immigrant John Winthrop wrote “A Modell of Christian Charity,” asserting:

BillLeonard 150Bill Leonard“Wee shall finde that the God of Israel is among us, … that men shall say of succeeding plantacions: the Lord make it like that of New England: for we must Consider that wee shall be as a Citty upon a Hill, the eies of all people are upon us ….”

Phrases like “Citty on a Hill,” “Holy Experiment” and “Redeemer Nation” laid a foundation for American Exceptionalism, …

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Bill Leonard is the James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and professor of church history at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.


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