The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion about the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall and his pensive essay on the devolution of the civil religious faith that has inspired the U.S. (in pretense or reality) ever since 1776. He describes the foreign policies of a “God blessed” America, shaped by elite perceptions of the nation’s geopolitics, economics, and theology, and that they have passed through five major phases increasingly toxic both abroad and at home. Will its heretical culmination be self-extinction in a globalized civil religion, as the great sociologist Robert Bellah prophesied back in the 1960s?
Date: March 6, 2017
When: 4:00-5:30 PM
Where: Wilson Center, 6th Floor