More from Daniel Schwindt on de Tocqueville, this time about how Americans–because of their rationalism and individualism–tend to see both religion and morality in terms of what is “useful.” (Again, thanks to Daniel Broaddus.) [Read more…]
Alexis de Tocqueville, writing in the early days of the republic, was one of the most perceptive and prophetic observers of American culture. He’s often misinterpreted, though, which Daniel Schwindt tries to address in a fascinating essay about what the French nobleman was really saying about religion in America. (Thanks to Daniel Broaddus for putting me on to this.)
After the jump, an excerpt about how American’s rationalism leads to an unhealthy individualism and to a distorted version of Christianity.