Does America Need a Civil Religion?


The late sociologist Robert Bellah argued that American civil religion had become an "empty and broken shell" by the turn of the twenty-first century. Is it a concept worth reviving? Would re-imagining it help us move beyond the culture wars toward greater national cohesion? How might faith communities contribute to a newly imagined civil religion that addresses the challenges we face today?

Contributors to the conversation include Gus diZerega, David Dykes, Russell Arben Fox, Mark Galli, Anne Howard, Peter Laarman, and Jacqueline Lewis.

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