Dr. Bellah asks why has socialism been taboo in America and capitalism sacrosanct? The answer is found in the success of capitalism, that it has worked in America; its beneficiaries have outnumbered it victims.
Dr. Hammond suggests reasons that make plausible the development of civil religion.
Dr. Hammond looks at the function played by religious pluralism and law in the development of America’s civil religion.
Dr. Bellah concludes that pride, competition, segregation, license, vicious willfulness, and the late American worship of technical reason have overwhelmed America. If we can find no vision in building an ethical society in the light of a transcendent ethical vision, our prospects are even darker than it now seems.
Dr. Bellah attempts to understand the cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s in terms of what he considers the deepest dimension of those events — religious dimension.
Dr. Hammond is "bothered" by those who ask the question, "Are you a Christian?" Such questioners are inclined to be uncivil in the answers they seek. For them civil religion has become exhausted.
Americans have always created public myths about our identity as a people. These myths locate us in the world and in history. In election years they provide resources for political rhetoric and they guide us in choosing our candidates. Robert Bellah has written that America legitimates itself with a dynamic of sacred and secular myths. …
Dr. Hammond expresses a need to revitalize concern for civil religion, for the despair in the present it holds out hope for the future by renewing an understand of the past.
In my dissertation research on U.S. teens and religious identity, I explored two interrelated questions: what do teens mean when they say they are religious (or not religious)? And how do these identifications relate to their experiences with the visual media? To uncover answers to these questions, I interviewed over 100 members of families with …
A statistic: only about 30 percent of people born between 1964 and 1978 — that is, 30 percent of so-called Gen Xers — belong to a church. Ubiquitous media reports say that’s not because we aren’t spiritually inclined. We are. We’re seekers. We meditate. We go to Sufi dancing on Tuesday nights. We read books …