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a clear separation of politics and religion became possible, it took more time in the Colonies where various Protestant sects and off-shoots (Mormonism, anyone?) were still busy trying to create religion-based states.
The "wall of separation between Church and State" in the newly founded US looked no less firm than in the Revolutionary France.  Famously, the Founding Fathers forgot to reference God in the Constitution.  The liberal Scottish Realism, Deism, Unitarianism rather dominated the American thought between the first two Great Awakenings.  The direct opposition was firstly from Romanticism, Transcendentalism.  Protestant evangelism revived via anti-authoritarian reform societies rather than large organized Churches.  The Mormons, Shakers, Millerites were withdrawing Come-Outers, an extreme end of the market for the American existential combination of short term pessimism (for moral corruption or so) and some longer term optimism.  The evolution of American religious authority is complicated.
by das monde on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 07:54:25 AM EST
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