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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > July 2012 > The City Upon a Hill and an Almost Chosen People
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Father Barron,
First, we love your programs and outreach.

With regard to your "City on a Hill" article let me humbly recommend you review footage of recent Glenn Beck event where that part of John Winthrop's sermon describing "City on A Hill" is given a very full and accurate reading.
I'm not a Glenn Beck fanatic by any stretch but am impressed and heartened by his efforts to bring faiths together. To equate Beck with triumphant militarism seems mistaken as I believe he was not a Bush supporter and made many anti-war statements. In fact he appears to be a Libertarian - no friend to hegemony.

I believe your point, broadly, is that we should not let political leaders co-opt Christianity using spiritual mandates for wars, programs, policies. Along those lines let us - in all justice - recall a more recent President who unilaterally "sent planes, tanks, and troops in order to impose democracy on an [Libya/Egypt] that was utterly unprepared.." and justified those actions with high sounding moral imperatives.

best wishes!
8/1/2012 3:51:58 PM
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Bernard Campbell
I just finished reading "Bad Religion." It is a great book. The material of the book is profound. Like the author, Douthat, over the years, I have tried to understand the "Upheaval" of the past fifty years. This "Upheaval" became widespread and surfaced during the sixties. During these past fifty years, many have written about and debated the source and reason for the global "Social/Religious/Political Upheaval," of this past half century. Douthat did not mention in his book the impact of the two World Wars upon the global community. For it seems to me that these events brought to an end the "divine right of institutions", e.g., Governments. Churches, Academia, Business, Military, even families. It has been my belief that if one wants to understand, partially, the reason for contemporary "Upheaval" one has to study the following: The Reformation, which led to the Nation-State, which led to Shoa, which brought into existence Vatican II. It seem to me what is the driving force of today's society, the Holy Spirit (?), is reverence for the the sacredness of the individual. This universal craving for dignity is a manifestation of the Kingdom of God in our times. This craving is manifest in the contemporary global social Upheaval, e.g., "Arab Spring." Also, this struggle for respect for the dignity of the individual is taking place, with intensity, in today's election, here in the United States. It is a struggle that can almost be compared to the Civil Rights struggle of the Sixties. It is a struggle for the dignity of the individual, middle class and poor against the Goliaths of wealth and power. As usual "David" has only a sling shot! I think that it is interesting that a person of color is at the center of this struggle, MLK (?). God's Spirit works in surprising and wondrous ways in human history.
8/20/2012 8:55:58 AM
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