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Democracy in America and religious element of American colonial life : de Tocqueville
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Posted on 09/15/2012 2:45:54 PM PDT by djone

.13 "Upon my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more did I perceive the great political consequences resulting from this state of things, to which I was unaccustomed. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other; but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country."...Moreover, almost all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same. In the United States the sovereign authority is religious, and consequently hypocrisy must be common; but there is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility, and of its conformity to human nature, than that its influence is most powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth. The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other; and with them this conviction does not spring from that barren traditionary faith which seems to vegetate in the soul rather than to live. There are certain populations in Europe whose unbelief is only equaled by their ignorance and their debasement, while in America one of the freest and most enlightened nations in the world fulfills all the outward duties of religion with fervor. ---- {item 13. in article}


TOPICS: Education; History
KEYWORDS: detocqueville
de Tocqueville was a French prison administrator who was suprised that the colonial prisons were sparsely occupied. He attibuted that to religion being every where and 'Societies' (church based rescue missions) for every needy group. -----{item 13. in article}
1 posted on 09/15/2012 2:45:59 PM PDT by djone
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“America is great because America is good...”


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