America: No Longer
a Christian Nation?
–Marcene Taff, the Underground staff writer
In 1886, The Atlantic Monthly described
George Eliot as “post-Christian,” using the
term as a synonym for atheist or agnostic.
The broader and perhaps more politically
correct definition, is that “post-Christian” characterizes a period of time that follows the decline
of the importance of Christianity in a region or society.
This use of the phrase first appeared in the 1929 book, “America Set Free,” by the German
philosopher Hermann Keyserling.
The term post-Christian became popular during what scholars have referred to as the “death of
God” movement in the radical 1960s.
I remember as a child, seeing hippies on the news, carrying protest signs that said “GOD IS
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