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The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election

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Americans and Israelis have often thought that their nations were chosen, in perpetuity, to do God’s work. This belief in divine election is a potent, living force, one that has guided and shaped both peoples and nations throughout their history and continues to do so to this day. Through great adversity and despite serious challenges, Americans and Jews, leaders and follo
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 10th 2010)
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The thesis point of this book isn’t completely developed until the closing chapter. Then, the authors clearly state, “At the heart of the special friendship between Israel and America lies an extraordinary spiritual cum-ideological bond; their unshakable attachment to the wild idea of divine election, which, however dampened, however sublimated, continues to ripple beneath the surface of everyday events.” (p. 190) Personally, I found the book both insightful and problematical. You can take that ...more
The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election does more than dispel any preexisting theories regarding Divine Election, and surprisingly, the authors do give credit to the power behind the forces that sustain the continuing notion.

Todd Gitlin and Liel Liebovitz wanted to discredit or to deflate the assumption of Divine Election or “choseness” with their brazenness. Yet, within the book, the reader gets the sense that they did a turnaround of sorts, through their own res
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Todd Gitlin is an American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, poet, and not very private intellectual.
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