They sought a Novus Ordo Seclorum
, a "New Order of the Ages," a term that was later put on the Great Seal of the United States, yet they were not fanatical.
Their catechisms declare that the United States is the Novus Ordo Seclorum
, the "shining city upon a hill," the "last best hope" of mankind.
where we also find Annuit Coeptis, Novus Ordo Seclorum
, and the date MDCCLXXVI (1776) in Roman numbers.
In Novus Ordo Seclorum
, Forrest McDonald highlights the conflicted essence of the framing.
From the moment of its founding, the American nation, too, entranced by the Enlightenment and republican ideals, sought to promote a novus ordo seclorum
, an ongoing quest for new order for the ages, permitting the country to preserve exceptionalism in the face of all international pressures toward conformity.
The 1782 Great Seal of the United States, however, includes several Latin phrases, among them E Pluribus Unum ("Out of Many, One") and Novus Ordo Seclorum
("A New Order of the Ages").
They simultaneously exalted over the possibilities, as reflected in the motto they chose for the Great Seal of the United States, Novus Ordo Seclorum
"New Order of the Ages," yet were all too aware from their study of history that decay and destruction had been the ultimate fate of republics everywhere.
A pyramid with a breakaway top containing the all-seeing eye and the Latin phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum
states the intent to form a one world secular government, or as politicians put it globalisation.
From the outset, those involved in establishing the new nation were conscious that they were up to something special: Novus ordo seclorum
("A new order of the ages"), says the Great Seal (as on the dollar bill).
Such titles as E Pluribus Unum, Novus Ordo Seclorum
, and Alexander Hamilton: A Biography have earned honored places on fellow scholars' shelves.
With national mottoes we are more familiar: the Great Seal of the United States, reproduced on the back of the one-dollar bill, bears the e pluribus motto in the scroll on the eagle's mouth, while the obverse of the seal has the phrases Annuit coeptis ('He/it has favored [our] undertakings') and Novus ordo seclorum
('A new order of the ages') above and below the curious pyramid surmounted by the eye of providence.
McDonald has made or suggested some of these ideas in his earlier book, We the People (1985), and in Novus Ordo Seclorum