Glenn Beck and Cleon Skousen

The inimitable Aaron Wolf has a good post up about Mormonism and America. Excerpt:

And yet everything about this America-is-God’s-country ideology is Mormon to the core.  It serves as the false foundation of a religion that finds the center of human history not in the Incarnation, Cross, and Resurrection of Christ but in “another revelation of Jesus Christ” in the terrestrial “promised land” on which we stand.  It is Manichaean, declaring our external enemies evil and ourselves good, locating wickedness not in the hearts of sinful men but in the foes of a human government that will wither as the grass.  It is the religion of America—not the real, historical America, but the America of myth and fantasy.

“If we do these things,” Beck preached, “we will heal our nation.”  The phrase is reminiscent of 2 Chronicles 7:14, so often cited at rallies on the National Day of Prayer.  If my people, which are called by my name, shall . . . return to limited government (no. 19)?  Operate according to the will of the majority (no. 20)?  Be debt-free (no. 27)?  The assumption here is that Americans, like the Israelites of old, are uniquely “my [God’s] people.”  And that it is not “I the Lord” but “We the gods” who can “heal their land.”

4 thoughts on “Glenn Beck and Cleon Skousen”

    1. The Signers had large Deist influences, see “A Theological Interpretation of American History” by Singer. Additionally, Beck and Skousen and Mormons, so their gods are different.

  1. Yes, the Deist aspect of the American and British thinkers was well known at that time, but that does not itself negate the American aspect in a Judeo-Christian culture in the Constitution. Note in the broad sense I am speaking. They spoke of In God We Trust. But yes, certainly Deism was very popular in that day, as we see with the FreeMasons, etc.

  2. Deism is a significant part of the Judeo-Christian tradition. (It’s not a correct part, but it is well within that tradition.)

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