America still works

Some interesting comments on the US religious situation from Michael Lind in Prospect. His article sets out to dispel some myths about the future of the US, one of which being the idea that America is likely to be taken over by ‘fundamentalists’. He sees the religious right as ‘as much an ethnic and regional movement’ in the white south, and detects longer term trends likely to take the US in a European, secularised direction.
This seems to me to be a useful piece of deconstruction of some of the more doom-laden predictions, and sits usefully alongside the job done by Philip Jenkins in his God’s Continent, (Oxford, 2007) which examines the prospects of an Islamic takeover of Europe with a similarly sceptical eye.

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