In every century, after one fashion or another, church and state have had occasion to fall out—even in this American Republic.
St. Paul viewed the Roman state not only as benign, and protective of the rights of its citizens, but even as in some way part of the Providence of God.
This attitude toward America as being experimental, as being provocative, as being a test of human possibility, has almost totally been lost.
Through much of its history America has been assumed to be a religious nation, and indeed a good deal of the time a Christian nation.
Yet as a practical matter we cannot completely compartmentalize religion, politics and economics, and certainly the Founding Fathers did not do so.
''I am the light of the world,'' Christ told us, in a phrase which seems peculiarly suited to our present age, darkened as it is with problems on every hand.
The ideology of the past couple of centuries is now giving way; it is being replaced by a world view more congenial to human nature and destiny.