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Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11 [Hardcover]

By Andrew R. Murphy (Author)
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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.1" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 19, 2008
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195321286  
EAN  9780195321289  

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"Original and wide-ranging, Murphy's discerning and important study is another reminder that America is 'the nation with the soul of a church.'"
-Journal of American History
"A wide-ranging and thoughtful meditation on how the theo-political stories we Americans tell ourselves resonate with and sometimes even create the communities we inhabit. This book deserves an honored place among the oeuvre of work by political scientists and historians on the jeremiad."
-- Politics and Religion
"A significant contribution to the historical account of the role of religion in American politics."
--Perspectives on Politics
"Prodigal Nation is a careful account of how theologies function politically and deserves attention from political scientists, political theologians, American historians, and others interested in the interface of religion and culture."
--Religious Studies Review
"This highly original and wonderfully written analysis will be invaluable to anyone interested in the meaning of America." --Harry S. Stout, author of The New England Soul and Upon the Altar of the Nation
"A brilliant analysis of the American jeremiad. Elegant, powerful, hopeful, and wise - Prodigal Nation is required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the fitful history of the American spirit." --James A. Morone, author of Hellfire Nation and The Democratic Wish

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Andrew R. Murphy is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Bruswick. He is the author of Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America, the co-editor of Religion, Politics, and the American Identity: New Directions, New Controversies, and the editor of The Political Writings of William Penn.

Andrew R. Murphy has an academic affiliation as follows - University of St Andrews, USA Rutgers University, USA University of St.

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Very Helpful Study of Religion and American National Identity  Feb 24, 2009
Historians of American religion have been fascinated for decades by a distinctive American rhetorical genre they have come to call the "jeremiad." Both as a guide to earlier scholarship and as a valuable addition to that scholarship in its own right, Andrew Murphy's Prodigal Nation is a welcome contribution to an always relevant and ongoing discussion. Extending from the New England colonies to 9/11, the chapters include a nice balance between historical case studies and thematic essays exploring the content and social function of the jeremiad. Murphy identifies an overarching structure to sermons in the genre, which sustains a tension between the threat of punishment for national sin and a simultaneous hope for the future significance of a nation uniquely chosen by God to benefit the world. Corresponding to despair and hope are what Murphy calls the internal critique---which contrasts national sins with a virtuous founding past as a basis for the call to repentance---and the external critique---which focuses more broadly on the place of the nation in God's plans for human history. Written in jargon-free, readable prose, this book will be enjoyable for anyone interested in the religious overtones of American national identity.

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