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American Exceptionalism and the Relevance of Political Theology in Contemporary American Society

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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2010

American exceptionalism has been used both to describe and explain America's unique political, legal, social and religious landscapes. It has served as a justification of American foreign policy and America's frequent choice to act alone, rather than among the community of nations. Claims of uniqueness and exceptionalism can be understood as secularized versions of claims to theological chosenness and uniqueness that lie in the foreground of American history, and the perennial quest to serve as a "city on a hill" or a "light among the nations." In this sense, American exceptionalism merits exploration in the context of political theology.
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