The religious fervor with which some groups in our society attack those who seem to advance an opposing point of view has become noteworthy. Civil disagreement and discourse has become the exception rather than the rule.
This essay by Joseph Bottum provides an engaging explanation for this phenomenon. He suggests that it illustrates the ongoing presence of some specific theological ideas inherited from the Protestant consensus of the 19th century that continue to inform the American understanding of the world, even in the absence of any particularly Christian belief.
It’s a bit longer than the normal internet fare, but definitely worth the time to read and consider.