The Robert Bellah Reader

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Robert N. Bellah, Steven M. Tipton
Duke University Press, 9. okt. 2006 - 555 sider
Perhaps best known for his coauthored bestselling books Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, Robert N. Bellah is a truly visionary leader in the social study of religion. For more than four decades, he has examined the role of religion in modern and premodern societies, attempting to discern how religious meaning is formed and how it shapes ethical and political practices. The Robert Bellah Reader brings together twenty-eight of Bellah’s seminal essays. While the essays span a period of more than forty years, nearly half of them were written in the past decade, many in the past few years.

The Reader is organized around four central concerns. It seeks to place modernity in theoretical and historical perspective, drawing from major figures in social science, historical and contemporary, from Aristotle and Rousseau through Durkheim and Weber to Habermas and Mary Douglas. It takes the United States to be in some respects the type-case of modernity and in others the most atypical of modern societies, analyzing its common faith in individual freedom and democratic self-government, and its persistent paradoxes of inequality, exclusion, and empire. The Reader is also concerned to test the axiomatic modern assumption that rational cognition and moral evaluation, fact and value, are absolutely divided, arguing instead that they overlap and interact much more than conventional wisdom in the university today usually admits. Finally, it criticizes modernity’s affirmation that faith and knowledge stand even more utterly at odds, arguing instead that their overlap and interaction, obvious in every premodern society, animate the modern world as well.

Through such critical and constructive inquiry this Reader probes many of our deepest social and cultural quandaries, quandaries that put modernity itself, with all its immense achievements, at mortal risk. Through the practical self-understanding such inquiry spurs, Bellah shows how we may share responsibility for the world we have made and seek to heal it.

 

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Introduction
1
COMPARATIVE AND THEORETICAL
19
Religious Evolution
23
The Five Religions of Modern Italy
51
To Kill and Survive or to Die and Become
81
Stories as Arrows The Religious Response to Modernity
107
Max Weber and WorldDenying Love
123
Durkheim and Ritual
150
The New American Empire
350
God and King
357
UNIVERSITY AND SOCIETY
377
The Ethical Aims of Social Inquiry
381
Class Wars and Culture Wars in the University Today
402
Freedom Coercion and Authority
410
The True Scholar
421
Education for Justice and the Common Good
434

Rousseau on Society and the Individual
181
The History of Habit
203
AMERICAN RELIGION
221
Civil Religion in America
225
Religion and the Legitimation of the American Republic
246
The New Religious Consciousness and the Crisis of Modernity
265
The Kingdom of God in America Language of Faith Language of Nation Language of Empire
285
Citizenship Diversity and the Search for the Common Good
303
Is There a Common American Culture?
319
Flaws in the Protestant Code Theological Roots of American Individualism
333
SOCIOLOGY AND THEOLOGY
451
On Being Catholic and American
457
Religious Pluralism and Religious Truth
474
Texts Sacred and Profane
490
Epiphany Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
504
Pentecost Beginning in the End of Time
510
All Souls Day The Living and the Dead in Communion
515
Bibliography of Works by Robert N Bellah
523
Index
543
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Robert N. Bellah is the Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He coauthored The Good Society and Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has sold more than 500,000 copies. His other books include Imagining Japan, The Broken Covenant, and Beyond Belief. In 2000 President Clinton awarded Bellah the National Humanities Medal.

Steven M. Tipton teaches sociology and religion at Emory University and its Candler School of Theology, where he is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Division of Religion. He is the author of Getting Saved from the Sixties and Public Pulpits (forthcoming) and a coauthor of The Good Society and Habits of the Heart.

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