[Wilfred Cantwell Smith showed how the word ‘religion’ veils its history.
Smith wanted get rid of the word ‘religion’ in order to bury its history.
The diverse flows of the Progressive movement had secured sovereign power. They had become (infra)sovereign religions. Since each party within the movement defined itself as ‘not religious’, despite its cult status, the term ‘religion’ became a liability.
Smith’s book is a testimony. The Progressives established their sovereign religion in the 1960s. This marks the time when the Federal Government of America became a sovereign religion.]