Essay on An Errand into the Fires of Injustice
The myth of the millennial nation is one that describes the vision and perception held by the American people that suggests that the United States is the Nation responsible for heralding in the second coming of Jesus Christ. Hughes ties this vision to the American idea of manifest destiny which held much responsibility for our nation's growth and overpowering force, not merely in our hemisphere but in all of the world.
Hughes initially dissects the myth into its national cause and effect, both good and bad. His emphasis on the crude and regrettable parts of our nation's history may lead readers to assume his discontent with our nation's history; though eventually his revealed views are more …show more content…
In this first section of the chapter, Hughes appears to be very clear and accurate in his description. Unfortunately the events he describes so clearly are the faults that lie in the development of human theology. The mentioning of the Half-Way synod, solely as a method to bolster the membership of a rapidly declining religion, is really no way to encourage an eventual view that ends will justify the means. Hughes continues his historic dissection as he delves into the concept of American manifest destiny.
The "doctrine," as Hughes call it, of manifest destiny does not, in his eyes, qualify as a myth because of its short-lived existence in American culture. Hughes says that at the beginning of the nineteenth century, those that subscribed to the doctrine of manifest destiny "typically embraced a very different view of things" than their millennialist counterparts who understood the nation's role merely as exemplary (105-107).
Hughes divides the connection between manifest destiny and the millennial myth into two parts. The first part is its connection to the "Myth of the