Despite often rancorous disagreements between and even within various religions, much of human identity across history has been caught up in religious cultures, practices, and habits, if not in religious beliefs. And since religions often are predominant sources and caretakers of values in cultures, religions have significant influence in shaping how peoples ought to live, the fundamental focus of ethics. For many, no doubt the vast majority, of people on earth, religion has a central role in defining what it is to be human, for individuals as well as for groups.
Will Summer Inthe year before the words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the Fourth of July a national day of prayer.
On that day, he fished in the morning, golfed in the afternoon, and played bridge in the evening. Were there prayers in the interstices of these recreations?
Maybe when the president faced a particularly daunting putt. Three days before Christmas inPresident-elect Eisenhower made a speech in which he said: But it is the first part of his statement that deserves continuing attention.
Certainly many Americans — perhaps a majority — agree that democracy, or at least our democracy, which is based on a belief in natural rights, presupposes a religious faith.
People who believe this cite, as Eisenhower did, the Declaration of Independence and its proposition that all of us are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.
But there are two separate and related questions that are pertinent to any consideration of the role of religion in American politics. One is an empirical question: Is it a fact that the success of democracy, meaning self-government, requires a religious demos — religious people governing themselves by religious norms?
The other is a question of logic: Regarding the empirical question: I believe that religion has been, and can still be, supremely important and helpful to the flourishing of our democracy.
I do not, however, believe it is necessary for good citizenship. It is, however, indubitably the case that natural rights are especially firmly grounded when they are grounded in religious doctrine.
In both cases, then, I would answer that religion is helpful and important but not quite essential. And this view of the matter — which is hardly a departure from the American tradition — is neither hypocritical nor self-contradictory precisely because of the character of the American tradition: It is as the foremost of our civil-society institutions that religious institutions play a crucial role in sustaining our limited government — as shapers of citizens, and as limiting counterparts to the state.
That is why citizens concerned for our limited government should be friendly to the cause of American religion, even if they are not believers themselves. The nature of the division of labor between society and government in America, and with it the character of our political community — grounded as it is in the concept of natural rights — is very much in dispute today.
Understanding that dispute can help us better grasp the place of religion in the life of our republic. I am a member of a cohort that the Pew public-opinion surveys call the "nones. I began in journalism, after a brief sojourn in the academy, as Washington editor of William F.
Buckley was a devout Catholic who believed that a real conservative need not be religious but could not be hostile to religion.
Some of the founders, such as Benjamin Franklin, subscribed to 18th-century Deism: It has been said that the Deist God is like a rich aunt in Australia: Deism seeks to explain the existence and nature of the universe. But so does the Big Bang theory, which is not a religion.
If a religion is supposed to console and enjoin as well as explain, Deism hardly counts as a religion. George Washington famously would not kneel to pray.
And when his pastor rebuked him for setting a bad example by leaving services before communion, Washington mended his ways in his characteristically austere manner: He stayed away from church on communion Sundays. This, even though Washington had proclaimed in his famous Farewell Address which to this day is read aloud in Congress every year on his birthday that "religion and morality are indispensable supports" for "political prosperity.
Thomas Jefferson wrote ringing words about the Creator who endowed us with rights, but Jefferson was a placid utilitarian when he urged a nephew to inquire into the veracity of Christianity, saying laconically:George F.
Will is a nationally syndicated columnist. This essay is adapted from a lecture delivered at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St.
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