I'm new here, so I goofed and tried this thread in another area. As I'm not Baptist, lemme put it here and try again. I suspect the USA has roots in -2- historical events: The Reformation The Enlightenment First, the Reformation allowed in pluralism. Lutherans, Calvinists, etc. However, there was still persecution back and forth, and it took devotees of the Enlightenment to carry things one step further: Separation of Church and State. Which, I've heard, was the only original thing about the newfangled American government of 1776. Democracy, bicameral legislature, balance of powers, had all been tried elsewhere, before. Only The Wall was new. At the time, it appealed to both the secularists (often deists, not Christians) and the faithful of the colonies. So, the USA is kind of a hybrid culture; millions of very religious folk, plus secularists. That we have the system we have today is proof they saw a common goal in 1776. So. the USA has roots in The Reformation, and, the Enlightenment. Today, over 200 years later, how many of us appreciate this? If we don't, might we stray? Leading to the politicized religion of 17th century Europe? Feel free to disagree. I could be wrong. Just gimme your thoughts.