april20 - 4.21.09 Bellah (1967) saw a re-awakening of our...

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4.21.09 Bellah (1967) saw a re-awakening of our national nature; coined phrase American Civil religion o Even though it can be abused, by being American we inherit a civic faith & way of operating that is very good; it kept us from continuous warfare & this good side of civic faith functioned to unite peoples who had nothing else in common to unite them. o o o Expanded idea & used presidential inaugural speeches as evidence talk of God in a deistic way o In the name of American Civil religion, people had the right to be anti- war 50s Herbert Protestant Catholic Jew; most Americans had watered down their faith as “American way-of-life-ism” just going to church every weekend; most people were not in touch with the values of their religions but they watered them down to fit the American way of life. Until 2000, all American presidents speaking as presidents invoke God in
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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