This article, by David Gelernter, is so important it will be read by 50% of the graduates of the top fifty universities within five years.
Gelernter is continuing in the tradition of Robert Bellah who introduced the idea of civil religion in America. For Bellah, George Washington became Moses and Lincoln became Jesus. (Bellah: Beyond Belief)
Gelernter says Americanism is a direct lineal descendent of Puritanism. It is a religion of Judeo-Christian origins that has grown to incorporate the American values of democracy, equality, merit and commerce.
Gelernter goes so far as to say that Americanism, the religion, considers Americans the almost chosen people and America the new Israel.
You can hear the Bush 2005 Inaugural in your mind as you read the article.