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

Andrew R. Murphy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195321289
eISBN:
9780199869855
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book traces the emergence and development of the American jeremiad, a form of political rhetoric that laments the nation's decline from a virtuous past and calls it to repentance and renewal. ... More


The American Jeremiad

Andrew R. Murphy

in Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195321289
eISBN:
9780199869855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter introduces the jeremiad, a form of political rhetoric that laments a degenerate present as compared to a virtuous past and calls the nation to reform and renewal. The chapter more ... More


Competing Jeremiads

Andrew R. Murphy

in Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195321289
eISBN:
9780199869855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter develops a distinction between two ways of understanding and interpreting the American jeremiad's lament over the present, evocation of the past, and call for reform and renewal. ... More


Constructing a Usable Past

Andrew R. Murphy

in Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195321289
eISBN:
9780199869855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter attends more closely to the competing ways of constructing and drawing on the past that each type of jeremiad employs. The chapter opens with a consideration of the U. S. Supreme Court's ... More


The Past, Present and Future of the American Jeremiad

Andrew R. Murphy

in Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195321289
eISBN:
9780199869855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter concludes the book by reflecting on the relationship between the American jeremiad and notions of American national identity, more particularly the idea of national chosenness. The ... More


Puritan Immunology

Cristobal Silva

in Miraculous Plagues: An Epidemiology of Early New England Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199743476
eISBN:
9780199896868
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743476.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Cultural History

This chapter examines the effects of epidemics on Early American bodies during the middle third of the seventeenth century. It argues that demographic changes in New England led to increasingly ... More


Just Like Grandma Never Made: Lamenting the Loss of Home Cooking in America

Jennifer Rachel Dutch

in Look Who's Cooking: The Rhetoric of American Home Cooking Traditions in the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496818751
eISBN:
9781496818799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496818751.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

While cooking at home is no longer an odious chore, many critics lament what they see as the demise of cooking from scratch. These critics promise that a return to the kitchen will make Americans ... More


Abraham Lincoln Moral Leader: The Second Inaugural as America's Sermon to the World

Harry S. Stout

in Lincoln and Leadership: Military, Political, and Religious Decision Making

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823243440
eISBN:
9780823243488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823243440.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter by Harry S. Stout addresses Lincoln’s place as a moral leader by emphasizing the significance of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address as a reflection of his evolving understanding of ... More


From King Philip’s War to September 11: Religion, Violence, and the American Way

Andrew R. Murphy and Elizabeth Hanson

in From Jeremiad to Jihad: "Religion, Violence, and America"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520271654
eISBN:
9780520951532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271654.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines key episodes in America's nearly 400-year history of jeremiad—a longstanding rhetorical tradition that recognized America as existing in a special, covenanted relationship with ... More


City of Destruction

H. G. Cocks

in Visions of Sodom: Religion, Homoerotic Desire, and the End of the World in England, c. 1550-1850

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226438665
eISBN:
9780226438832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226438832.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Sodom was also the archetype of the iniquitous city, where sin reached its apogee. The immorality of the modern city was decried by godly preachers, not least in the Paul's Cross sermons delivered at ... More


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