A City Undone: "The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism" by George McKenna

Friday, 29 Feb 2008

Thirty-five years since the publication of Sydney Ahlstrom's award-winning (and shelf-bending) A Religious History of the American People, which persuasively suggested that Puritanism is the leitmotif of America's religious history, George McKenna has upped the ante. In fewer pages, but with no less persuasive force, he builds the case for reading not only the country's religious history, but also its social and political history as, until relatively recently, variations on a Puritan theme. If such a thesis appears implausible on its face, it may seem slightly less so when recalling Chesterton's ...

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