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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.
Introduction to the Second Edition
I. America's Myth of Origin
II. America as a Chosen People
III. Salvation and Success in America
IV. Nativism and Cultural Pluralism in America
V. The American Taboo on Socialism
VI. The Birth of New American Myths
Afterword: Religion and the Legitimation of the American Republic