Pedestaled Power

Post-Christian beliefs permeate the culture.  A stroll across the majority of university campuses, five minutes of channel surfing, the U.S. Supreme Court’s First Amendment case law, popular behavior and that of the American elite—these are proof positive that Christianity in the 21st century bears little resemblance to the Christianity of America’s not too distant past.  Although about 70 percent of Americans identify as Christians, their personal lives and the public policies they support would disgust previous generations of American Christians, and even non-Christians.

There’s little doubt that America has evolved from a Christian nation to a post-Christian one, a convert to what Benjamin Wiker calls secular liberalism.  His book is a solid account of the forces and events behind this shift.  However, it does suffer from two flaws.  First, Wiker, for the most part, portrays Christians as blameless victims.  But, if secular liberalism is, indeed, the established religion of these United States, one has to ask: Where were American Christians when this political-cultural coup occurred?  Did these Christians lack the courage of their convictions to the point that they succumbed to the secular liberals?  Wiker does concede that divisiveness among Christians facilitated the success of secular liberalism—e.g., liberal versus conservative Christians,...

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