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The Church and the state

I was listening today to an NPR podcast called Intelligence Squared, which is a debate program (and a rather nice one at that). Today's proposition is "Is America too damn religious?" I found myself heartily agreeing with arguments on both sides. However, an interesting point was raised that I had never considered. The separation of church and state is an important tenant of American society. In fact it was a key distinction between the US and England and the rest of Europe at the time of the country's founding. The US has never had a state church while many nations in Europe have. Yet Europe is well known for being post-Christian and secular, while Christianity is still prominent in American society. So it seems that a state-church connection is poisonous to that religion. Knowing this historical precedent, it is ironic that some Christians seek to increase the religiosity of our society by merging church with government.

Category: Christianity