More on Robert Bellah

Glenn Beck and the restoration of American civil religion

By Amarnath Amarasingam  Ever since sociologist Robert Bellah wrote “Civil Religion in America” in 1967, the concept has become one … Continued

Religions, not faith, lose ground in ’09

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? Any retrospective glance at a year’s worth of stories will … Continued

Americans (Still) Rejecting Religious Status Quo

Saying ‘no’ to your parents’ religion, or to all religion as currently defined, does not necessarily mean saying ‘no’ to … Continued

The Natural Solution to Church-State Separation

Many commentaries on President Obama’s new policy for faith-based initiatives seem to flounder on the same issue: How can something … Continued

Chill, Everybody

Thanksgiving is both a religious and non-religious word, and makes sense either way. It would be easy therefore to say … Continued

Losing the Spirit on Wall Street

Just when we face an enormous crisis and need spiritual insight in our public debate, it’s missing. That’s because religion … Continued

The U.S. is Post-Denominational

It is clear from this Pew study that the old denominational affiliations no longer apply. The religious landscape in the … Continued

Interfaith Thanksgiving Services Made Jews Feel Welcome

Of course Thanksgiving, focused as it is on assessing our lives, creating common rituals, and generally thanking and supplicating the … Continued