Skip to comments.City On Hill Deconstructed
Posted on 02/07/2013 1:02:51 PM PST by Academiadotorg
In popular culture, the phrase city on a hill has become so closely identified with Ronald Reagan and before him with John Winthrop that even Christians can forget that the words originated not with a founder of a colony but with the Founder of their faith, Richard M. Gamble writes in his new book, In Search Of The City On A Hill: The Making and Unmaking Of An American Myth. Gamble teaches at Hillsdale.
The metaphor of the city on a hill comes from Jesus Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, Gamble reminds us. Specifically, Jesus told his disciples: You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
At some point in historywe will never know whensomeone first applied the city metaphor to something or someone other than Jesus disciples, to something or someone outside the boundaries of the Christian Church, Gamble writes. That may not have happened for many centuries.
It may not have happened first and only in America. But along the way it became commonplace to talk about America as the embodiment of Jesus hilltop city. Gamble himself labored mightily to answer the where or when question, in archives on two continents.
But lost in this debate is another story every bit as important to understanding what the United States has become: the story not of how the metaphor helped make America what it is today but the story of how America helped make the metaphor what it never was, Gamble avers. He finds this problematic: As a Christian, I believe that for the health of the Church it is necessary to unmake a national myth in order to reclaim it as a biblical metaphor.
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Written by someone educated way beyond his intelligence. Us normal folks know what Jesus meant and what it means in secular society.
Bottom line is that, last November, the American people turned the light out and crawled back down the hill.
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