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The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial (original 1975; edition 1992)

by Robert N. Bellah (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial
Authors:Robert N. Bellah (Author)
Info:University of Chicago Press (1992), Edition: 1, 222 pages
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The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial by Robert N. Bellah (1975)

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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, must with all due care and deliberation, turn now to toe social and political drawing boards in order to draw up proposals of far-reaching scope to meet the far-reaching problems in which we are embroiled" (p. 136) might gain some traction. Time for another updated edition? ( )
  jensenmk82 | Feb 3, 2009 |
Examines how America's "civil religion" has changed and eroded through the years, from a sense of high calling and communal obligations to pervasive individualism and self-interest.
  stmarysasheville | Jun 2, 2008 |
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Once in each of the last three centuries America has faced a time of trial, a time of testing so severe that not only the form but even the existence of our nation has been called in question.
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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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Robert Bellah is trying to see America 'whole' - to grasp its totality and see to its health. He brings special gifts from his study of world religions. The result is a book that delights because of its relative unpredictability and that provokes because the scale of generalization has to be large. If it provokes argument, well and good. Bellah is a figure worth arguing withand he is a ease with the sources and capable fo stating his case so that others have to relate to it and to him. 
~ Martin E Marty

Sociologist Robert Bellah has written a book that is important to anyone who wants to understand and come to terms with the American heritage and the problems in American life that relate to that heritage.
~ The Christen Century

Bellah's scholarly and critical thinking make THE BROKEN COVENANT one of the most important reflections on the meaning of the American experience.
~ America

Robert Bellah, who has done as much as anyone during the last decade to revive the notion of an American 'civil' religion, has now written an important and affecting book about its present state of crisis ... In its genre, THE BROKEN COVENANT is a sensitive and probing a study as we are likely to see during this Bicentennial era.
~ New Republic

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