America’s Conflicts Are Not Primarily Political Or Ideological, But Religious

America’s Conflicts Are Not Primarily Political Or Ideological, But Religious


The conflicts roiling American society today are not primarily political or even ideological, but religious.

America is supposedly a secular country, with separation of church and state, free exercise of religion, and so on. Yet we find ourselves in the middle of what amounts to a religious war. How could this be?

Because America, like all nations, is founded on religious claims, and relies on those claims for its coherence. We’ve long been accustomed to talking about America as a “propositional nation,” a phrase taken from Abraham Lincoln’s famous line in the Gettysburg Address that America was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

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The idea is that America is fundamentally different from the ethnic nation-states of Europe, which were based on

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