Liberals historically did not accede to Enlightenment or secularist ideology regarding the civil order.
Musings on history, politics, religion, and all the other things we take too seriously in the 21st Century.
Was America Ever Christian? A Reply to Desiring God
Was the early American republic really marked by deism, the Enlightenment, and secularity?
Samuel B. Wylie and the Invention of Secular America
1800 saw the invention of a secular America, not a Christian one. There was no need to invent an explicitly Christian founding, largely because the Christian socio-civil foundation of the republic was already largely assumed.
Rougemont on Christianity and the Nationalities
Older views of church and state do not fit modern American binaries regarding their missions.
Confusion and Ambiguity: Constitution and Religion in The Early Republic
The constitutional settlement was never universally celebrated or even understood.
John Girardeau and the Oneness of the Race
“We fully recognize now, the unity and brotherhood of all believers in Christ Jesus—a unity and brotherhood which is not affected by distinctions of race, nationality, sex, culture, or civil status.”
Disestablished But Not Disconnected: Church, Society, and State in the Early Republic
Disestablishment in the newly-independent United States severed the institutional interdependence between the state and the visible church. Virginia’s disestablishment in the 1780s triggered a set of similar laws passed throughout the Early National Period....
Political Economy of the Bible v. Christian Nationalism
On Thanksgiving Day, 1837, Robert Hamilton Bishop--Presbyterian minister and president of Miami University—addressed the gathered townspeople of Oxford, Ohio in the First Presbyterian Church. He took as his theme natural gifts in the form of bountiful harvests, the...
The Origins of the Black Protestant Tradition in America
The Black Protestant tradition’s prevalence in 19th century America deserves rediscovery
The Quintessential Protestantism of “God Save the King”
On the origins of the British national anthem.