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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

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

Andrew M. Manis

Columbia University Press

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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