American exceptionalism and civil religion reassessing the history of an idea ebook wilsey john d fea john amazonca kindle store. Exceptionalism has gone viral noted political scientist james ceaser in 2013 pp 30 31 in his new book john wilsey considers the history nature and uti. In this book wilsey evaluates the claim that america is an exceptional nation probes the implications of such a claim and assesses the relationship between exceptionalism and civil religion he asserts the fact is that americans have always seen themselves as exceptional. The idea of americas special place in history has been a guiding light for centuries with thoughtful insight john d wilsey traces the concept of exceptionalism including its theological meaning and implications for civil religion this careful history considers not only the abuses of the idea but how it can also point to constructive civil engagement and human flourishing. All sellers american exceptionalism and civil religion reassessing the history of an idea john d wilsey intervarsity press nov 22 2015 religion 262 pages 1review ever since john winthrop told his fellow colonists in 1630 that they were about to establish a city upon a hill the idea of having a special place in history has
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