On Faith considers the way in which Barack Obama's appraoch to religion in public life has cleared a larger space in American civil religion for those of the "spiritual but not religious" and "none" persuasions:
Gone is the God of biblical revelation, the generalized God-as-Father-in-Heaven, and the distant God of Providence. Rather, Obama’s public God is a personal spirit, the relational presence of inclusion, community, empathy, irony, justice, and service. The God of this new and emerging American civil religion is a God who is with humankind, a far more embracing rather than judgmental figure, who loves and acts in the world through the works of human beings. Most theists can recognize this God (or gods) in their own religious traditions; most non-theists can interpret this sort of God as a spirit of beauty or justice in humankind.
Thus, Obama opened the theological door of American civil religion toward atheists and humanists as well as those who hold to more conventional faiths. This God may or may not be the God one chooses to worship at church or pray to at home, but this is a God (or “not-God”) who can function in the public square to bind Americans together with a larger sense of meaning and purpose.
It's an interesting analysis overall, and the conclusion is suggestive of the way in which Emile Durkheim understood religion as a reflection of social instincts projected into a symbolic space. It raises interesting questions about what, in a secular age, it means to have a civic faith that is no longer constrained by a dominant set of religious symbols, but can be welcoming of people of many and diverse faiths, and none.