Religion: Religious Secularism

"The unique relationship between religion, the state and society is perhaps the most fundamental . . . feature of American religious as well as American political life," says Economist Peter F. Drucker in Notre Dame University's Review of Politics.

"This country has developed the most thoroughgoing if not the only truly secular state . . . The U.S. is, however, also the only country of the West in which society is conceived as being basically a religious society."

This coexistence of religion, state and society, says Drucker, sharply distinguishes the U.S. from Europe. Even in European countries where anticlericalism is vigorous, Drucker points...

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