Paul Putz graciously invited me to contribute to the Religion in American History blog a few weeks ago, and my post just went live. I wrote on religious exceptionalism in various Christian history curricula used by many Christian school and Christian homeschoolers.
But why be a spoiler of my own work? Head over to RiAH and check it out. Here is a taste–
I have a word for this powerful ideological combination—Americolatry. Americolatry consists of a form of civil religion that entails the doctrine of American greatness, innocence, and superiority (e.g., Reagan’s “the last, best hope of mankind,” Albright’s “indispensable nation,” or David Gelernter’s America as “one of the most beautiful religious concepts mankind has ever known”(2)). Americolatry also entails the practice of religious devotion to America by inextricably linking Christian devotion to patriotism. In other words, to be a devoted Christian equals the uncritical acceptance of America as superior and morally regenerate.