Galvanized by their deep faith, the Puritan experiment began with a great sense of God's blessing, but within a generation, the group's impossibly high standards of belief and behavior doomed its society. The theocracy could not sustain itself or accommodate the growing diversity among the colonists. Church and state were disentangled, and the Puritan dream became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Democrats are ill-prepared for this new, faith-based world. With its diverse base and secular outlook, the party's image of tolerant open-mindedness is the mirror opposite of the Republicans' good-vs.-evil spiritual warfare perspective. Moreover, Democrats lack the support of an articulate religious leadership. Where are the moderate-to-progressive clergy proclaiming a theology of hope as an alternative to the gospel of fear? Where are the minions of mainline Protestants ready to turn out the vote?