Perbedaan Kehidupan yang dihasilkan dari perbedaan agama

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention. … In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country. …”

De Tocqueville continued: “The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. … They brought with them into the New World a form of Christianity which I cannot better describe than by styling it a democratic and republican religion.”

In the 1840s. Alexis de Tocqueville traveled twice to Algeria. He wrote to Arthur de Gobineau, Oct. 22, 1843 (Tocqueville Reader, p. 229): “I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Mohammed. So far as I can see, it is the principle cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”

Baca lengkapnya:

Dalam buku ‘Democracy in America’ 1835, Alexis menulis: “Saat saya tiba di US aspek religi negara itu adalah hal pertama yang menarik perhatian saya. … Di Perancis saya hampir selalu melihat semangat religi dan semangat kebebasan berjalan ke arah yang berlawanan. Tetapi di Amerika saya menemukan mereka bersatu dengan intim dan persamaan kekuasaan dalam negara.”

Alexis melanjutkan: “Penduduk Amerika memadukan Kekristenan dengan kebebasan begitu intim dalam pikiran mereka, bahkan tidak mungkin yang satu lahir tanpa yang lainnya. … Mereka membawa kedalam dunia baru sebuah Kekristenan yang tidak sanggup saya jelaskan selain dengan menyebutnya agama yang demokratis dan republik.


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