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Exodus and LiberationDeliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr.$
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John Coffey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199334223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334223.001.0001

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“God’s Favourite People”

“God’s Favourite People”

The Revolutions of 1688 and 1776

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(p.56) 2 “God’s Favourite People”
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Exodus and Liberation
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John Coffey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334223.003.0003

Like the Puritan Revolution of 1640 to 1660, the Glorious Revolution and the American Revolution took place in an Anglophone political culture profoundly shaped by Reformed Protestantism. The political sermons of revolutionary clergy bore the marks of Protestant Bible politics, and the language of slavery and deliverance was ubiquitous. In America, Patriots exploited the Exodus story and politicized the New Testament’s language of liberty and redemption. New Englanders saw the Revolution as the culmination of a noble tradition of Calvinist revolts. Washington, like Cromwell and William of Orange before him, was compared to Moses.

Keywords:   Glorious Revolution, American Revolution, Patriots, political sermons, William III, George Washington

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