There it was, an old term with new urgency: post-Christian. This is not to say that the Christian God is dead, but that [God] is less of a force in American politics and culture than at any other time in recent memory.Meachem cites the American Religious Identification Survey saying that America is becoming less Christian and less religious, the lack of denominational identification and the individualization of theology, the increasing lack of influence of religion in politics, the Religious Right's perception that the culture wars are lost and their increasing disengagement from politics, to show that, in fact, the religious milieu of American life has in fact changed. Meachem, still early in the article, believes this is generally a good thing:
While we remain a nation decisively shaped by religious faith, our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago. I think this is a good thing—good for our political culture, which, as the American Founders saw, is complex and charged enough without attempting to compel or coerce religious belief or observance. It is good for Christianity, too, in that many Christians are rediscovering the virtues of a separation of church and state .... As crucial as religion has been and is to the life of the nation, America's unifying force has never been a specific faith, but a commitment to freedom—not least freedom of conscience. At our best, we single religion out for neither particular help nor particular harm; we have historically treated faith-based arguments as one element among many in the republican sphere of debate and decision. The decline and fall of the modern religious right's notion of a Christian America creates a calmer political environment and, for many believers, may help open the way for a more theologically serious religious life.The rest of the article follows this argument through, and whether you agree or disagree, the article is well worth your time.
Let's be clear: while the percentage of Christians may be shrinking, rumors of the death of Christianity are greatly exaggerated. Being less Christian does not necessarily mean that America is post-Christian. ... [T]here is no doubt that the nation remains vibrantly religious—far more so, for instance, than Europe.