The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1992 - Religion - 198 pages
This Second Edition represents Bellah's summation of his views on civil religion in America. In his 1967 classic essay "Civil Rights in America," Bellah argued that the religious dimensions of American society—as distinct from its churches—has its own integrity and required "the same care in understanding that any religion."

This edition includes his 1978 article "Religion and the Legitimation of the American Republic," and a new Preface.

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Not heard when it was published, perhaps in 2009 Bellah's plea that "serious men, responsible men [and women, too!], the survival of our society in some form of recognizable continuity with its past ... Read full review


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Robert N. Bellah is professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Beyond Belief and coauthor of The New Religious Consciousness, Varieties of Civil Religion, Habits of the Heart, Uncivil Religion, and The Good Society.

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