Protestants in Europe have defined themselves by not being Catholic. That is, if you ask one to tell “his/her story”, it would be, “My ancestors were Catholic, now we are Protestant.”
Today’s Protestants in the U. S. do not have such a story. Their country and the Protestant faith sort of merged together. In that sense, the country became their faith. Today, they think of themselves as “Americans” instead of Methodists or Presbyterians.
If you ask an American Protestant his/her religious journey, or story, it is not about Catholic ancestors and current Protestants, it is about being American and choosing a church. They start with no religious story.
Religious leaders do not like the concept of writing one’s own story. There is one true story, from their point of view, and it should be yours.
The author of the attached link has an interesting observation about this new thing of writing one’s own religious story. Since we cannot define ourselves like European Protestants, “We are no longer Catholic,” we have to look for something else we are not.
Tragically, what we fall into is saying we are not other societies or countries. We are superior to those others and, sometimes, we are willing to die to correct them. Our story is this combined religion and country often going to war.
It’s harder to go to war over religion because we are constantly shopping for a different one. The will to fight is there, but the justification has changed.