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Publication Date

Spring 4-29-2021

Subject Area

Section 4: Featured Articles

Abstract

Ever since humanity has went to war with itself, both sides of the conflict often times have used respective religious texts to argue that their god or gods were on their side and against their opponents. Saint Augustine promulgated this idea further in his theory of Just War. Colonists during the American Revolution were not exempt from this tendency but participated fully in it. Because of their Calvinistic leanings, influenced by Edwards and the First Great Awakening, North American colonists frequently referenced their own Divine text, the Bible, and went to Sacred Scripture to proof to their side that America was a fulfillment of a New Israel, Great Britain as a type of Antichrist, and ultimately on the outcome of events, which was always prescribed to as being from the Providence of God.

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