Title

Religion And National Identity In America And Europe

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2007

Published In

Society

Abstract

America and Europe have had very different religious experiences, and these differences have continuing consequences. In America, the preponderance of Reform Protestantism gave rise to religious and political pluralism, a religious marketplace, and the continuing vitality of the churches. In Europe, the dominance of state churches gave rise to the eventual rejection of these churches and religions when the traditional political and social authorities were rejected, particularly by the Generation of 1968. However, Europe's extreme secularization has rendered it confused and ineffective in dealing with the new religious challenge posed by Muslim immigrant communities.