American Secularist advocates a rational approach to how we as Americans operate our society, particularly in the areas of politics, government, economics, and education.
Our Founding Fathers created a secular form of government, based on the ideas of the Enlightenment; I believe we dishonor them with efforts to create a ‘Christian nation’. While I believe that all Americans should be entitled to exercise their religious beliefs in the governance of their personal lives, the intrusion of many of those beliefs into the greater political sphere has begun to weaken our democracy in ways the creators of our government never envisioned. I believe that a secular nation offers the best promise of a better society – in this life; government should not be concerned with whatever may or may not occur in the afterlife.
In this blog, I’ll be looking at religion in general – Christianity specifically – as it is currently taught and practiced in American churches, focusing on areas where it is at odds with a healthy, thriving democracy. Hopefully, I can contribute to the conversation that we as Americans should never be afraid to have – how best to keep this grand experiment in government alive. I’ll be doing this in a variety of ways, including:
- examining current trends in Christian preaching, literature, and non-fiction
- commenting on pertinent news stories and events
- reviewing books written from both religious and secular points of view
- blogging the New Testament
I invite any and all comments that are made earnestly and respectfully by those who, like me, desire a ‘more perfect Union’.
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I was born into a devout Christian family, the son of a Pentecostal preacher and his God-fearing wife. My religious experience as a youth was neither harmful nor hypocritical. In fact, I enjoyed teaching Sunday School and leading the worship services in the small, fundamentalist congregations I attended in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. My studies in history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, began to broaden my religious outlook; living and working abroad for a decade in decidedly non-Christian societies expanded my horizons even further.
I currently live in Beijing, China, where I work as an education consultant.