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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History$
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Paul Harvey and Edward Blum

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.001.0001

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Civil Religion and National Identity

Civil Religion and National Identity

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(p.89) 3. Civil Religion and National Identity
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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History
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Andrew M. Manis

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.003.0004

This chapter explores the relationship between civil religion and national identity. The study of civil religion requires a tolerance for a certain amount of asceticism. Ever since 1967, when Robert N. Bellah borrowed the term from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, sociologists and historians of religion in the United States have meditated on the country's religious meaning and sought to find it in a religious dimension of American culture called civil religion. This chapter discusses an Eightfold Path to wisdom regarding the analysis of American civil religion: right definition, right functionality, right variety, right race consciousness, right ethnicity, right identity, right kairos, and right seriousness.

Keywords:   American civil religion, national identity, United States, race, ethnicity, kairos

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