It’s a commonplace to gripe about civil religion in America. It’s a standard complaint among many pastors, especially around major civil holidays, to bemoan their congregation’s commitment to the civil religion more than Christianity?
But what, in a nutshell, is the civil religion on the United States?
I’ve got some excellent academic resources on the subject. Reinhold Niebuhr, for instance is very insightful, but it is too technical and detailed to hold many people’s interest. But, I just found a gem of an explanation from Fr Thomas Hopko.
This is a very old podcast (Feb 18, 2009 — I’ve been doing some catching up). But it’s a dandy. It’s entitled “A President’s Day Reflection. and can be found at