The Broken Covenant
American Civil Religion in Time of Trial 2nd edition
By (author) Robert N. Bellah
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Broken Covenant by Robert N. Bellah
Book DescriptionThis 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226041995
(206mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert N. Bellah
Axial Age and Its Consequences, Hardback (October 2012)
This book makes the bold claim that intellectual sophistication was born worldwide during the middle centuries of the first millennium bce. From Axial Age thinkers we inherited a sense of the world as a place not just to experience but to investigate, envision, and alter. A variety of utopian visions emerged and led to both reform and repression.
Religion in Human Evolution, Hardback (September 2011)
This ambitious book probes our biological past to discover the kinds of lives that human beings have imagined were worth living. Bellah's theory goes deep into cultural and genetic evolution to identify a range of capacities (communal dancing, storytelling, theorizing) whose emergence made religious development possible in the first millennium BCE.
Habits of the Heart, Paperback (September 2007)
Offers an interpretation of American society. This book features a preface relating the arguments of the book both to the realities of American society and to the debate about the country's future.
Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Robert N. Bellah
Presenting an ethnographic study about Morocco, this title describes a series of encounters with the author's informants in that study, from a French innkeeper clinging to the vestiges of a colonial past, to the rural descendants of a seventeenth-century saint.
US Kirkus Review » Originally a series of lectures at the Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Bellah's exploration of the place of religion in American society offers an apocalyptic view of our progress from the exacting God of John Winthrop and Cotton Mather to the Mammon of 20th century capitalism. He finds the roots of the mythic life of America as a chosen people in Puritan theocracy and the evangelical tradition of "great awakenings" - up to and including the 1960's proliferation of Eastern and Jesus cults. In the dosed, God-centered universe of Bellah's argument, judgment and curse follow on our national failure to uphold our moral obligations. Thus, the contemporary era of disorder, materialism and vulgarity represents to him a crisis equivalent to the throes of 1776 and 1861. In calling for that inevitable new covenant and rebirth of "ecstatic reason," he theorizes that socialism would succeed here very well were it not for its insistence on atheism, since Marx's "opiate" is part and parcel of the American identity - quite a transmogrification of revolutionary philosophy into establishment conservativism. An extrapolation of theological imperative from the common historical fallacy of depicting America as the invention of the New England mind. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Robert N. Bellah
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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