The Shining City on a Hill

Since John Winthrop, the Puritan governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Americans have considered their country to be a shining “city on a hill.” This video traces that phrase from Winthrop to contemporary politicians such as Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

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Mormons’ love-hate relationship with America

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) As Americans celebrate the nation's founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors this week in fireworks, fanfare and frenzy to express their outsized patriotism. Other Mormons caution against linking political perspectives on American exceptionalism to specific theology or teachings. Peggy Fletcher Stack.