Do We Live in a Christian Country?


I asked medieval historian Rachel Fulton Brown if we ought to still think of our nation (or any Western nation) as “a Christian country” in the twenty-first century. My reasoning was that I thought our Judeo-Christian inheritance is the foundation—if partially forgotten—of the democratic principles of our republic. The resulting discussion was lively, fruitful, and surprising.

Professor Fulton Brown teaches Medieval European History at the University of Chicago, specializing on Religious, Cultural, and Intellectual History, the History of Christianity, Liturgy and Prayer, and Devotion to the Virgin Mary.

  • Professor Rachel Fulton Brown's faculty webpage at the University of Chicago is here.
  • Rachel's blog, Dancing Bear at Prayer, is here.
  • The Mosaic Ark livestream that Rachel does weekly with Kilts Khalfan on Dragon Common Room is here.
  • The recent First Things interview (July 28, 2022), “The Spice Road of Today,” that Rachel did with Marc Bauerlein that we refer to is here.
  • Rachel's blog, “Three Cheers for White Men,” that caused such a stir is here.

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Krzysztof Odyniec is a historian of Medieval and Early Modern Europe; he is also the host of the 'Almost Good Catholics' podcast.

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