(MFI) historian of religions, Jean-Francois Colosimo published God is American. Theodemocratie the United States (Ed. Fayard). He said the gap between American Catholics and Protestants tend to coalesce into a common religion in which God is worshiped, democracy and patriotism. With constant reference to the Bible.
Jean-Francois Colosimo: Usually, we oppose a theocracy, like Iran, in a democracy, like Switzerland, where the people govern and not God. The United States has invented a new political system where the churches are independent, free state, but where the state itself is not free of church and religion.
The statistics show, more than 80% of Americans say they are believers, almost 60% are practitioners. Politicians can not ignore such a phenomenon. Above all, beyond the theological differences between Protestants and Catholics, the country has created a new denomination abstract, based entirely on both the Bible and the Declaration of Human Rights.
It is a civil religion in which everyone, he says Baptist, Catholic or Buddhist, shares a common values which are found God, democracy and patriotism. Those are the three deities U.S., the new Holy Trinity.
This American religion – hence the term theodemocratie – has its sacred history (the discovery of the new continent), its martyrs (Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King in particular), its holy book (the Constitution) and its places of worship (the public buildings that look like cathedrals). It is also a religion that seeks to spread around the world: 120 000 American Protestant missionaries proselytize abroad. They cut even cruppers Catholics in Japan, Brazil, Russia.