The Moral Liberal with Steve Farrell
In his work, “The Latter-Day Glory Is Probably to Begin in America,” Jonathan Edwards writes:
And if we may suppose that this glorious work of God shall begin in any part of America, I think, if we could consider the circumstances of the settlement of New England, it must needs appear the most likely, of all American colonies, to be the place whence this work shall principally take its rise. 1
It is interesting to note that Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Adams in the 1820’s alluded to the same starting place from which he believed primitive Christianity would emerge and sweep across the country. He saw the unitarian movement already in action (not the Unitarian Church of modern times, but a religious movement in general among Protestants that rejected the 3 in 1 God of the Nicene Creed) as an early sign of this coming to pass.
This aspect of the settling and founding of America, this common thread of believing America to be a place foreordained of God as a promised land, a religious refuge, and a key to God’s latter-day work, is sadly ignored in today’s secularized textbooks.
It shouldn’t be.
1. Conrad Cherry. “The Latter-Day Glory Is Probably to Begin in America.” God’s New Israel: Religious Interpretations of American Destiny. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998: 55-59, as cited in “The Pulpit and the Patriots: The Influence Calvin, the Puritans, and the Pulpit had on the American Revolution,” a research paper by Leonard O. Goenaga, 2010.