author={M. Vlahos},
  journal={The Review of Faith \& International Affairs},
  pages={67 - 76}
  • M. Vlahos
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • The Review of Faith & International Affairs
The tenets of American exceptionalism—defined as its civil religion—have shifted over time, and exceptionalism's most recent iteration has alarming ramifications, demonstrated through US counterterrorism policy. In crucial respects, the American project can be compared to ancient Rome: in its civil universalism; its sense of exceptional destiny; its use of sacred symbols; and its militarization. Global terrorism today threatens America's sense of divine blessing, its civil-religious identity… Expand
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