Sermon: American Exceptionalism

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 10:15am to 11:15am
Rev. David Robins

October 23  American Exceptionalism, Rev. David Robins. De Toqueville used these words to describe us, but he was not being flattering.

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM

OCTOBER 23, 2011

REV. DAVID ROBINS

America is an exceptional country. It is exceptional because it is unique, not superior. We have a unique geography, a unique people derived from unique immigration policies, unique cultures and foods, a unique political system. But to say that America is superior or chosen by God to work its will in the world could only be considered a blasphemy.

Many ideas have shaped America. Last week I spoke of the ideal of being a city on a hill, in which we might be a light for others. Thomas Paine said that Americans are shaped by the ideal of Common Sense. Jefferson laid claim to the American ideals of