The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial

Paperback | August 15, 1992

byRobert N. Bellah

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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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This Second Edition represents Bellah's summation of his views on civil religion in America. In his 1967 essay Civil Religion in America, Bellah argued that the religious dimensions of American society--as distinct from it churches--has its own integrity and required 'the same care in understanding that any religion does.'

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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 editio...

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This Second Edition represents Bellah's summation of his views on civil religion in America. In his 1967 essay Civil Religion in America, Bellah argued that the religious dimensions of American society--as distinct from it churches--has its own integrity and required 'the same care in understanding that any religion does.'

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 inPublished:August 15, 1992Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226041999

ISBN - 13:9780226041995

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Preface
I. America's Myth of Origin
II. America as a Chosen People
III. Salvation and Success in America
IV. Nativism and Cultural Pluralism in America
V. The American Taboo on Socialism
VI. The Birth of New American Myths
Afterword: Religion and the Legitimation of the American Republic
Notes

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This Second Edition represents Bellah's summation of his views on civil religion in America. In his 1967 essay Civil Religion in America, Bellah argued that the religious dimensions of American society--as distinct from it churches--has its own integrity and required 'the same care in understanding that any religion does.'