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America’s Secular Reformation

In 1517, Martin Luther hammered his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, an act which most acknowledge began the Protestant Reformation leading to a new branch of Christianity, one of the fruits of which was the creation of the United States of America.  It simply cannot be denied that Judeo-Christian tradition, thought, philosophy and beliefs formed, at the very least, the context for the birth of this country, if not the underpinnings for its government and the foundation of the American way of life.

Fast forward 400 years to Dayton, Tennessee, where a high school biology teacher stood trial for teaching evolution in violation of the state’s Butler Act, which prohibited public school teachers from denying the Biblical account of man’s origins.  John Thomas Scopes was defended by the ACLU.   Scopes was found guilty, but the verdict was overturned on appeal due to a technicality.

The Scopes “Monkey Trial” may or may not be the modern “Martin Luther” moment in America, but the intervening years have certainly seen a concerted, organized effort to create a “new branch” of U.S. Constitutional Law, Culture and, perhaps, even a new “Civic” Christianity (e.g., “Social Justice” or “Collective Salvation”).  The relationship between citizen and religion has been under continuous assault ever since: no community Christmas decorations; no praying on public school grounds; no Ten Commandments on the Courthouse wall; no “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance; a civil hijacking of the institution of marriage; a President of the United States of America, who repeatedly redacts religion (“the Creator”) from this nation’s founding document, The Declaration of Independence.

The Protestant Reformation ended in 1648 with the “Peace of Westphalia” which changed the political and cultural landscape of Europe and, consequently, the future history of the world.

What enduring, fundamental political and cultural changes America’s Secular Reformation will lead to are yet unknown, but make no mistake, there is a religious revolution now being fought on our shores, one that will be every bit as consequential and historic as the Reformation started nearly half a millennium ago with a nail driven into a church door.



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