Jonathan Merritt interviews Kevin Kruse on his book One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America. For those who know history, the early stuff is not so new. Some of the information about more recent events – especially the role of Corporate America in pushing a Christian America theme – may be more surprising. Here’s his key observation:
Most of the markers that Americans invoke when they argue that we are one [a Christian nation] – the words “under God” in the pledge, the national motto of “In God We Trust,” the National Prayer Breakfast, the National Day of Prayer, etc. – are creations of the modern era and, more specifically, creations of corporate America.