The Robert Bellah Reader / Edition 1

The Robert Bellah Reader / Edition 1

by Robert N. Bellah
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822338718

ISBN-13: 9780822338710

Pub. Date: 10/09/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822338710
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
Introduction....................1
I COMPARATIVE AND THEORETICAL....................19
1 Religious Evolution....................23
2 The Five Religions of Modern Italy....................51
3 To Kill and Survive or to Die and Become....................81
4 Stories as Arrows: The Religious Response to Modernity....................107
5 Max Weber and World-Denying Love....................123
6 Durkheim and Ritual....................150
7 Rousseau on Society and the Individual....................181
8 The History of Habit....................203
II AMERICAN RELIGION....................221
9 Civil Religion in America....................225
10 Religion and the Legitimation of the American Republic....................246
11 The New Religious Consciousness and the Crisis of Modernity....................265
12 The Kingdom of God in America: Language of Faith, Language of Nation, Language of Empire....................285
13 Citizenship, Diversity, and the Search for the Common Good....................303
14 Is There a Common American Culture?....................319
15 Flaws in the Protestant Code: Theological Roots of American Individualism....................333
16 The New American Empire....................350
17 God and King....................357
III UNIVERSITY AND SOCIETY....................377
18 The Ethical Aims of Social Inquiry....................381
19 Class Wars and Culture Wars in the University Today....................402
20 Freedom, Coercion, and Authority....................410
21 The TrueScholar....................421
22 Education for Justice and the Common Good....................434
IV SOCIOLOGY AND THEOLOGY....................451
23 On Being Catholic and American....................457
24 Religious Pluralism and Religious Truth....................474
25 Texts, Sacred and Profane....................490
26 Epiphany: "Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit"....................504
27 Pentecost: "Beginning in the End of Times"....................510
28 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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