This Land is Not Your Land, This Land is My Land: A Quest for Civil Religious Understanding within the Defining Attitudes of American Values
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
Department Chair or Program Director
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.
Kinde, Cathryn, "This Land is Not Your Land, This Land is My Land: A Quest for Civil Religious Understanding within the Defining Attitudes of American Values" (2021). Student Research Submissions. 395.