Francis X. Clooney, S.J., is the Parkman Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, and a scholar of Hinduism and Hindu-Christian studies. He wrote for America’s In All Things column between 2007 and 2016. His latest book, The Future of Hindu-Christian Studies, has recently been published by Routledge.
It is helpful and healthy to put aside the myth of sure and sunny progress. Our nation is a very good one, even if it’s never been the “greatest nation on earth.”