Where did you get the idea that Christianity was America's religion?

Where did you get the idea that Christianity was America's religion?

The Beast Under Your Bed, Mike Gagnon, 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024.

The Beast Under Your Bed, Mike Gagnon, 2020, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright M. Gagnon 2024.

 

Alright, let's tackle this myth with a bit of sarcasm! The idea that America created Christianity is like saying smartphones invented the telephone. It's just not how history works, but let’s dive into it.

Imagine we’re in a time machine, going back over 2,000 years to the Middle East. Here’s where Christianity kicks off, with a man named Jesus and his followers. It's the first century AD, and the Romans are ruling the roost. Jesus is busy teaching, performing miracles, and generally stirring the pot in a world that's still using scrolls and has never heard of a cheeseburger. Fast forward through a few hundred years of growth, persecution, more growth, and suddenly, Christianity is the hot new thing in the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine decides it's so cool, he's going to make it the official religion. Take that, paganism!

Now, let’s jet over to America. Oh wait, it's still not there. We've got to wait until 1776 for the United States to declare independence. By this time, Christianity is like the world's biggest franchise – think Starbucks, but with more cathedrals and fewer lattes.

European settlers, who brought Christianity to America, were definitely late to the party. They were like, "Hey, we've got this great religion," and the rest of the world was like, "Yeah, we've had that on the menu for centuries, but thanks for playing."
In America, Christianity does get a remix. New denominations start popping up. It's like everyone's got their own version of Christianity – kind of like how every American state claims they have the best barbecue. But let’s be clear: these are new flavors, not a new dish.

So, saying America created Christianity is a bit like saying Elvis invented rock 'n' roll. Sure, he brought his own style and left a huge impact, but the music was playing long before he entered the building.

Christianity's roots are ancient, and its journey is more of a globe-trotting epic than a domestic drama. The notion that America created Christianity is not just historically inaccurate; it's like giving Alexander Graham Bell credit for Snapchat. America has influenced Christianity, sure, but it’s a bit late to claim it as a founding father.

In summary, America did not create Christianity; it just put its own star-spangled spin on a millennia-old religion. And while America has certainly contributed a lot to the Christian mixtape, the original tracks were laid down way back in the days of Roman togas and sandals.

Thanks for reading,
Mike

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