Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Classics, Philosophy, and Religion

Department Chair or Program Director

Romero, Joe

First Advisor

Mathews, Mary Beth

Major or Concentration



With enough passion and drive, people within a country can make their own citizenship into a religious notion, emphasizing the importance of inherent national values like freedom, justice, and land, until these ideals become as sacred as any religion. While Americans claim that these symbols are the inherent strength of the nation, in this paper I argue that the civil religion in America is not as stable as citizens believe, and the concept of what it means to be American is once again being called into question. This instability has led to a major schism within the country, which can be seen through a number of events that have happened in the last few years, including but not limited to the Black Lives Matter movement and the insurrection at the Capitol.

Included in

Religion Commons