One Nation Under God : Mormon Theology and the American Continent
Edwards, Jason A.,Weiss, David
The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism
McFarland & Company, Inc.
"The belief that the American continent is a choice land has had implications for the church's theology and its relationship with the government. This essay explores how such a conception of the land has influenced religious discourse in the LDS Church up to the present day, examining the intersection of Latter-day Saint theology and space as it relates to the North American continent and the United States government. Considering the land itself, rather than the people on it, as sacred provides an interesting counterpoint to other discourses of American exceptionalism, most of which place the distinction on the people or on the form of government. Foregrounding the role of the land also provides a way to understand more fully the role of religious discourse in constructing the idea of American exceptionalism." [From author's introduction]