The tie that binds all Americans, regardless of their demographic background, is faith in the American system of government. This faith manifests as a form of civil, or secular, religion with its own core documents, creeds, oaths, ceremonies, and even individuals. In The Rhetoric of American Civil Religion: Symbols, Sinners, and Saints, contributors seek to examine some of those core elements of American faith by exploring the proverbial saints, sinners and dominant symbols of the American system.
Jason A. Edwards is associate professor of communication studies at Bridgewater State University.
Joseph M. Valenzano III is associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Dayton.