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Americas Destiny And Calvinism

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Calvinism operates as America's social "destiny" in Tocqueville's sense in virtue of being its destination, present, and future, or main legacy, just as its historical genesis or point of origin. Hence, America's as - sumed social "destiny", like its genesis, in Calvinism implies a sociological, scientific conception, and has strictly empirical relevance and meaning, by positing and demonstrating that it is a Calvinist nation or society. In this connection, some US Puritan admirers (Dunn and Woodard 1996) claim that the American Puritans attributed their origins "not to England, but to Moses", citing the Old Testament Israel as the "source of inspiration for the 'New Jerusalem' in Massachusetts". Calvinism's societal predestination of America, by analogy to its "destiny", means that the latter is essentially a Calvinist society by the 21st century (Munch 2001), as has been during most of its history (Lipset 1996) since the early 17th century.

Keywords: America; Calvinism; Massachusetts; Moses; Puritans; Tocqueville



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