Memorial Day

Memorial Day, which originated after the Civil War, commemorates the sacrifices of those who have fought and died in the American armed forces. Interpreters have long noted the aura of sacredness that surrounds the holiday’s traditional observances, and many have called Memorial Day central to America’s “civil religion.” Evangelicals have typically been enthusiastic participants in such patriotic celebrations, but certain critics have come to fear an unbiblical conflation of God and country.

More on Memorial Day
  • Do This in Remembrance
    Participating in the “high holy day” of American civil religion is beneficial for Christians, so long as we do so thoughtfully.
  • Memorializing the Civil War
    Every May we're reminded of the war that split our country, but the Christian stories of that struggle remain buried. Here are some facts you probably didn't know.
  • Mine Eyes Have Seen the GorySubscriber Access Only
    Two historians tell why Christian thought went AWOL during the civil war.
  • General RevelationsSubscriber Access Only
    Reconsidering Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
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