Christian America

Christian America : Protestant Hopes and Historical Realities

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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195017846
  • 9780195017847

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The belief that eventually the civilization of America would be fully Christian has been the dominant motif in the religious - if not also in the general public - life of the country. Dr. Handy traces the formation and expression of this belief through the three centuries and more of American history. He shows how the disestablishment of religion imported fron English and European origins soon led to reliance upon persuasive rather than legal means for maintaining religion and morality. But this in no way diminished the ideal, and however American society changed, the goal of a Christian civilization was readapted to the circumstances that prevailed. Thus, slavery, Sabbath regulation, Temperance, and the Spanish American and the First World Wars, for example, could all be interpreted as means through which the ideal moved on toward realization. The world missionary movement, with such slogans as "the evangelization of the world in this generation" - a crusade to which Anglo-Saxons had been particularly called and prepared - was but a worldwide extension of this goal of a Christian civilization. Today, argues Dr. Handy, that goal has fallen upon hard times. The impact of the huge Catholic immigrations, the racial issue, the urbanization of our culture, and other major forces have called its naivete into question. The account of these developments is supported by documents and pronouncements by church bodies and leaders, and the narrative is lucid and readable. The reader may wish that the author had discussed the effect on this ideal, intertwined as it is with the idea of material progress, of current warnings that survival can be possible only in a "no-growth" economy. But this question goes beyond Dr. Handy's intention. A valuable book for teachers, students, and lay readers concerned with our religious past and present. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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