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Civil Religion

The Foreign Policy of a "God Blessed" America

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.14.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest. By Walter A. McDougall. Harvard Universi...

Why I'm Not Surprised Some Evangelicals Still Support Donald Trump

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

No sooner had the vile words flooded the airways than did some prominent evangelical leaders step forward to reiterate their support for Donald Trump....

Why Are Christians Supporting Trump the Heathen?

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

What is, at first glance, most surprising to me is that Trump is winning among religious voters. Can anyone imagine Jesus Christ saying the things that Donald says or using the tone that Donald uses or grimacing with Donald's snide face?

A Whole 'Nuther Country

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

For well over 150 years, Robert Wuthnow, a professor of social sciences at Princeton University, reminds us, as Texas evolved from a backwater to one of the most populous, prosperous, and powerful states in the Union, many of its leaders and ordinary citizens have reveled in its status as a "whole 'nuther country."

Perish The Thought: The Constitution Could Be Wrong

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Our founders were not apostles; they were sweating people with clashing intentions, fretting about their newborn country and Philadelphia's occasional outbreaks of yellow fever. Their document -- admirable as it was -- was not holy writ.

Concerns About Mitt Romney's Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

In his convention speech, Mitt Romney made very little of his Mormon faith, his work in the church or how that church might influence how he sees his relationship between God and the nation. And perhaps because of this, his "narrative" was dangerously idolatrous.

The Return Of 'Christian America'?

Kevin M. Schultz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Kevin M. Schultz

There is a long history to the idea that the United States is a Christian nation. The idea has come and gone with the prevailing politics.

Congress Considers "In God We Trust" ... But Who Is This God?

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

Twice in the last three decades, the Supreme Court has specifically identified that phrase as being void of substantive sacred meaning. If you are a believing monotheist, is that how you want God's name treated?

The Christian Right in Context, Part 1: The Long View

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The Christian Right has claimed from its inception that others -- liberals, secularists and humanists -- were eroding the values of the nation that they sought to affirm and protect. In that claim we find the seeds of the current American crisis.

Danforth Centers Hopes To Set Tone For Civil Religion

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Tim Townsend St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS (RNS) Just across from the Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University, employee...

Religion And The Civic Imagination

The Immanent Frame: blogs.ssrc.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

if there is a benign form of American civil religion in the making, it has been a long time coming....