Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion, by Wade Clark Roof, Princeton University Press, 367 pp. $24.95 “We have three services now. Are you still game?” asked the Georgia pastor when he invited me to preach. “Worship is pretty much the same at the early and the 11:00 A.M. services, although the …
Oakland Coliseum is packed with hooting, hollering, high-fiving men. Beside me in the rightfield bleachers, a half-dozen fathers in matching shirts and caps discuss their home improvement projects over coffee while their teenage sons crack jokes and shadowbox. In the third deck, a group bats around a beach ball, eventually knocking it to the cheering …
This book is not primarily about political theory or about ideology, though both are involved, but about religion and myth. Dr. Bellah reexamines the American civil religion1 and the mythological structure that supports it.
Dr. Bellah clarifies the term "civil religion" and how the principle has worked out in our history, and he discusses the confusion about the nature of the American republic.
The issue of Anglo-Saxon superiority and American imperial destiny is exemplified in America’s treatment of native Indians, the importation of African slaves, the annexation of the Philippians, and others.
Dr. Bellah holds that a healthy pursuit of moral values involves the importance of the individual and this is key to the survival of any people.
The central theme of this chapter is the dialectic between liberation and liberty, revolution and constitution, conversion and covenant.
Dr. Hammond compares civil religion in America with that in Mexico. There is more separation of church and state in civil religion in Mexico than in America.
The author considers the place of the group, particularly groups that differ significantly from the majority of the early colonist, in the developing pattern of symbols of myth.
Dr. Bellah discusses civil in present day Italy: It has been an interweaving of strands of socialism, liberty and especially Christianity.