By M. Hampton

American citizens and Europeans understand danger another way. americans stay extra spiritual than Europeans and usually nonetheless think their state is providentially blessed. American protection tradition is comparatively sturdy and comprises the deeply held trust that existential danger on the planet emanates from the paintings of evil-doers. the U.S. needs to accordingly occasionally intrude militarily opposed to evil. the eu Union (EU) safety tradition version differs from conventional ecu iterations and from the yank version. the idea that of possibility as evil misplaced salience as Western Europe grew to become extra secularist. Threats grew to become difficulties to regulate and get to the bottom of. The upsurge in anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment in the middle of fiscal situation undermines this version.

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In saving the world, the United States would be made safer and Providence realized. There is abundant evidence of the United States seeking to save the world. ”69 As Manifest Destiny took hold of the American imagination, so too did the flourishing missionary movement of the nineteenth century. Unlike the frontier narrative that would develop with America’s westward development, the missionary movement recalled and reinforced America’s providential calling to save the world. ”71 Following up on the original collectively held belief that America was providentially blessed and shone as a beacon to the world, the beliefs spawned in the Second Great Awakening influenced many to 36 A THORN IN TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS go even further in their assertions about America’s calling.

Elite Perceptions of Threat and Evil From Washington to Obama, religious convictions have influenced the attitudes and policies of most administrations. For a number of US political elites, religion has played a formative role in their perceptions of the world and of threat. President Woodrow Wilson and John Foster Dulles, secretary of state under President Eisenhower, come readily to mind on this point. Wilson observed in a piece written when he was young that life was a battlefield upon which the forces of good and evil fought: The field of battle is the world.

Except for the British, no such moniker exists for Europe’s experience in the Second World War. This reality fuels American beliefs that they are set apart and blessed, and also mitigates the perceived overall societal costs of participating in war. Perhaps even more important, when the United States participates in major war, such as the two world wars and the Cold War, it has been victorious and seemingly vindicated in its societal beliefs concerning providential preference for and protection of the American nation.

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