If you’re really interested in America and religion, you should read this book by this guy named Bellah from Berkeley, The Broken Covenant. We read it for Religion in America, I’m pretty sure Henry took this class also but chances are 15% that he read the book. I did. Anyway, some of the stuff he talks about is how religion and American society used to be linked, but as society gets more and more secular, we’re losing some of that flavor, to the detriment of the country. So he’s kind of weird and makes this proposal to nurture like a secular religion. I don’t remember the details, but it’s relevant to what you’re talking about Dave, I think.
Random. It looks like I’m not the only one who thought of this guy when you mentioned de Tocqueville. I found a sermon by John Piper that mentions both people!