God's Country: Taking the Declaration Seriously: The 1999 by Michael Novak

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It being the indispensable duty of all nations, not only to offer up their supplications to Almighty God, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his Providence in their behalf; therefore the United States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they have been so long engaged .

Shocked at daylight to discover this, battalions of Redcoats were assembling for an afternoon attack. Some of them put all of Charlestown to the torch, and tongues of flame from 500 houses, businesses, and 27 novak lecture (REV) 8/16/02 11:13 AM Page 28 God’s Country: Taking the Declaration Seriously churches leapt into the sky. Breathless, Abigail Adams watched from a distant hillside and heard the cannons of the warships bombarding Bunker Hill for five long hours. As they did so, Joseph Warren rode to Boston and took a position in the ranks on Bunker Hill.

Every detail was supervised and ordered; the search into nature could only result in the vindication of the faith in rationality. Remember that I am not talking of the explicit beliefs of a few individuals. ” Science and the Modern World (Macmillan: New York, 1946), pp. 12–13. 4. See David Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (New York: Norton & Company, 1998), especially ch. 4, 29 novak lecture (REV) 8/16/02 11:13 AM Page 30 God’s Country: Taking the Declaration Seriously p. 58, where he elaborates on the role of joie de trouver in the economic development of the West.

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