"Civic" refers to connections that exist because persons collaborate to live during the same years in the same land--real estate--rather than "social" which implies preference such as church, art, culture, avocation and other reasons for association among the people, some of whom want alienation, harm, criminality and evil. Some readers resist those three word usages but the stated distinctions remain.
There’s a pretense that the capital “g” makes the speaker or writer and audience prescient, omniscient, or otherwise powerful. Reality checks don’t phase the pretense. For example, the discovery that the sun is a natural nuclear reactor and thus not the god of everything does not lessen the imaginings about a god of everything. Perhaps some people hold the opinion that capitalizing “god” is humble; but such pretense contradicts the message from “scripture,” as well as any theist who defines his god differently. Humankind should reform from this practice for the sake of clarity and humility and to stop self-contradiction and brutality over opinions about gods.
years struggle the nation's condition is not what either party, or any man devised, or expected. God alone can claim it. Whither it is tending seems plain. If God now wills the removal of a great wrong, and wills also that we of the North as well as you of the South, shall pay fairly for our complicity in that wrong, impartial history will find therein new cause to attest and revere the justice and goodness of God.
on, namely the evil of slavery in the USA, broke its 1774 confederation agreement and 1787 constitutional commitments. The south god, misusing master-slave scripture, neither perceived nor confronted the above mentioned breaches, but rather imposed the King of England's 1783 recognition of them as free and independent states. The south god opted for secession, but the breaching north god would not allow it. After history has long forgotten the nation’s ruin, governance under its god will be restored. It should be apparent that such governance is disastrous.
. . . do not be frightened from this enquiry by any fear of it's consequences. if it ends in a belief that there is no god, you will find incitement to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in it's excercise, and the love of others which it will procure you. if you find reasons to believe there is a god, a consciousness that you are acting under his eye, and that he approves you, will be a vast additional incitement. if that there be a future state, the hope of a happy existence in that increases the appetite to deserve it; if that Jesus was also a god, you will be comforted by a belief of his aid and love. in fine, I respect that you must lay aside all prejudice on both sides, and neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. you own reason is the only oracle given you by heaven, and you are answerable not for the rightness but uprightness of the decision.
Heretofore, I felt beloved by my living family and a few more persons and befriended by Ralph Waldo Emerson.[iii] Nevertheless, Emerson contradicts the consequence of my inquiry by using the capital “g.”