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Sociological Perspectives

Sociological Perspectives

Civil Religion

Adams, David L. and Ken Schurb, eds. The Anonymous God: The Church Confronts Civil Religion And American Society. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 2005.Find this resource:

Albanese, Catherine. Sons of the Fathers: The Civil Religion of the American Revolution. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1976.Find this resource:

Angrosino, Michael. “Civil Religion Redux.” Anthropological Quarterly 75 (Spring 2002): 239.Find this resource:

Balmer, Randall. God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. New York: HarperOne, 2008.Find this resource:

Bellah, Robert N. “Civil Religion in America,” Daedalus 96 (1967): 1.Find this resource:

Bellah, Robert N. The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.Find this resource:

Bellah, Robert N. “Religion and the Legitimization of the American Republic.” In America, Christian or Secular: Readings in American Christian History and Civil Religion, ed. Jerry S. Herbert. Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1984.Find this resource:

Bellah, Robert N. and Phillip E. Hammond, eds. Varieties of Civil Religion. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1980.Find this resource:

Canipe, Lee. “Under God and Anti-communist: How the Pledge of Allegiance Got Religion in Cold-War America.” Journal of Church and State 45 (Spring 2003): 305.Find this resource:

Cloud, Matthew W. “‘One Nation, Under God’: Tolerable Acknowledgement of Religion or Unconstitutional Cold War Propaganda Cloaked in American Civil Religion.” Journal of Church and State 46 (Spring 2004): 311.Find this resource:

Coles, Roberta L. “Manifest Destinies Adapted for 1990’s War Discourse: Mission and Destiny Intertwined.” Sociology of Religion 63/4 (2002): 403.Find this resource:

Coleman, John A. “Civil Religion.” Sociological Analysis 31 (1970): 67.Find this resource:

Cristi, Marcela. From Civil to Political Religion: the Intersection of Culture, Religion and Politics. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001.Find this resource:

Cristi, Marcela and Lorne L. Dawson. “Civil Religion in America and in Global Context,” in Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, eds. James A. Beckford and N.J. Demerath III. London: Sage Publications, 2007.Find this resource:

Davis, Derek H. “God and the Pursuit of America’s Self-Understanding: Toward a Synthesis of American Historiography.” Journal of Church and State 46 (Summer 2004): 461.Find this resource:

Davis, Derek H. “Law, Morals, and Civil Religion in America.” Journal of Church and State 39 (Summer 1997): 411.Find this resource:

Davis, Derek H. “Thoughts on a Civil Religion Solution to Religion Clause Jurisprudence.” In Chronos, Kairos, Christos II: Essays in Honor of Ray Summers. ed. Jerry Vardaman. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1998.Find this resource:

(p. 555) Davis, Derek H. “Civil Religion as a Judicial Doctrine.” Journal of Church and State 40 (Winter 1998): 7.Find this resource:

Davis, Derek H. “Competing Notions of Law in American Civil Religion.” Law/Text/Culture 5, No. 1 (2000): 265.Find this resource:

Deloria, Vine, Jr. “Secularism, Civil Religion, and the Religious Freedom of American Indians.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 16 (1992): 9.Find this resource:

Durkheim, Emile. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. rev. ed. New York: Free Press, 1965.Find this resource:

Forney, Craig A. The Holy Trinity of American Sports: Civil Religion in Football, Baseball, and Basketball (Sports and Religion). Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007.Find this resource:

Goldstein, Robert Justin. Saving Old Glory: The History of the American Flag Desecration Controversy. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.Find this resource:

Gunn, T. Jeremy. Spiritual Weapons: The Cold War and the Forging of an American National Religion. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009Find this resource:

Herbert, Jerry S., ed. America, Christian or Secular? Readings in American Christian History and Civil Religion. Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1984.Find this resource:

Hudson, Winthrop, ed. Nationalism and Religion in America: Concepts of American Identity and Mission. New York: Harper & Row, 1970.Find this resource:

Hughes, Richard T. “Civil Religion, the Theology of the Republic, and the Free Church Tradition.” Journal of Church and State 22 (Winter 1980): 78.Find this resource:

Jolicoeur, Pamela M. and Louis L. Knowles. “Fraternal Associations and Civil Religion: Scottish Rite Freemasonry.” Review of Religious Research 20 (Fall 1978): 3.Find this resource:

Kao, Grace Y. and Jerome E. Copulsky. “The Pledge of Allegiance and the Meanings and Limits of Civil Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75 (March 2007): 121.Find this resource:

Kessler, Sanford. Tocqueville’s Civil Religion: American Christianity and the Prospects for Freedom. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994.Find this resource:

Linder, Robert. “Civil Religion in Historical Perspective: The Reality that Underlies the Concept.” Journal of Church and State 17 (Autumn 1975): 399.Find this resource:

Linder, Robert. “Universal Pastor: President Bill Clinton’s Civil Religion.” Journal of Church and State 38 (Autumn 1996): 733.Find this resource:

Linder, Robert and Richard v. Pierard. “The President and Civil Religion.” In Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, ed. Leonard W. Levy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.Find this resource:

Linder, Robert. “Ronald Reagan, Civil Religion, and the New Religious Right in America.” Fides et History 23 (Fall 1991): 57.Find this resource:

Little, David. “The Origins of Perplexity: Civil Religion and Moral Belief in the Thought of Thomas Jefferson.” In American Civil Religion, eds. Russell E. Richey and Donald D. Jonesy. New York: Harper & Row, 1974.Find this resource:

Lippy, Charles H. “The 1780 Massachusetts Constitution: Religious Establishment or Civil Religion?” Journal of Church and State 20 (Autumn 1978): 533.Find this resource:

Lipset, Seymour Martin. American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword. New York: Norton, 1997.Find this resource:

Marty, Martin. “A Nation of Behavers.” Worldview 17 (May 1974): 11.Find this resource:

Marvin, Carolyn and David W. Ingle. “Blood Sacrifice and the National: Revisiting Civil Religion.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 64 (Winter 1996): 767.Find this resource:

Mathisen, James A. “Twenty Years After Bellah: Whatever Happened to American Civil Religion?” Sociological Analysis 50/2 (1989): 29.Find this resource:

(p. 556) McDermott, Gerald Robert. “Civil Religion in the American Revolutionary Period: An Historiographic Analysis.” Christian Scholars Review 18 (June 1989): 346.Find this resource:–73.

McKenna, Joseph H. “Civil Society, Civil Religion.” Theological Studies 58 (June 1997): 380.Find this resource:

Meacham, Jon. American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. New York: Random House, 2007.Find this resource:

Mead, Sidney E. The Nation with the Soul of a Church. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.Find this resource:

Meizel, Katherine. “A Singing Citizenry: Popular Music and Civil Religion in America.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45/4 (2006): 497.Find this resource:

Mirsky, Yehudah. “Civil Religion and the Establishment Clause.” Yale Law Journal 95 (1986): 1237.Find this resource:

Muller-Fahrenholz, Geiko and Donald W. Shriver Jr. America’s Battle for God: A European Christian Looks at Civil Religion. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.Find this resource:

Parsons, Gerald. Perspectives on Civil Religion (Religion Today: Tradition, Modernity and Change). London: Ashgate, 2002.Find this resource:

Phillips, Kevin. American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century. New York: Viking, 2006.Find this resource:

Pierard, Richard V., and Robert D. Linder. Civil Religion and the Presidency. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1988.Find this resource:

Pierard, Richard V. “Civil Religion: Parallel Development or Replacement for Traditional Christianity.” In Christianity in the Post Secular West. eds. John Stenhouse and Brett Knowles. Adelaide, Australia: ATF Press, 2007.Find this resource:

Pierard, Richard V. “One Nation under God: Judgment or Jingoism.” In Christian Social Ethics. ed. Perry C. Cotham. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979.Find this resource:

Reddit, Paul L. “When Faith Demands Treason: Civil Religion and the Prophet Jeremiah.” Review and Expositor 101 (Spring 2004): 227.Find this resource:

Richey, Russell E. and Donald G. Jones, eds. American Civil Religion. New York: Harper & Row, 1974.Find this resource:

Rouner, Leroy S., ed. Civil Religion and Political Theology. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1986.Find this resource:

Smith, Gary Scott. Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.Find this resource:

Stackhouse, Max L. “Civil Religion, Political Theology and Public Theology: What’s the Difference?” Political Theology 5/3 (2004): 275.Find this resource:

Stookey, Stephen M. “In God We Trust? Evangelical Historiography and the Quest for a Christian America.” Southwestern Journal of Theology 41/2–3 (Spring–Summer 1999): 43.Find this resource:

Tuveson, Ernest L. Redeemer Nation: The Idea of America’s Millennial Role. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.Find this resource:

Waldman, Steven. Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America. New York: Random House, 2008.Find this resource:

Woodrum, Eric and Arnold Bell. “Race, Politics, and Religion in Civil Religion among Blacks.” Sociological Analysis 49/4 (1989): 353.Find this resource:

Wood, James E. Jr. “Public Religion vis a vis the Prophetic Role of Religion.” Journal of Church and State 41 (Winter 1999): 62.Find this resource:

Wuthnow, Robert. American Mythos: Why Our Best Efforts to Be a Better Nation Fall Short. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008.Find this resource:

American Culture

Baird, Robert. Religion in America; or, An Account of the Origin, Progress, Relation to the State, and Present Condition of the Evangelical Churches in the United States. With Notices of the Unevangelical Denominations. Glasgow: Blackie and Co., 1844.Find this resource:

Berger, Peter. The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion. New York: Doubleday, 1967.Find this resource:

Cherry, Conrad and Rowland A. Sherrill, eds. Religion, the Independent Sector, and American Culture. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1992.Find this resource:

Finke, Roger and Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776–2005. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005)Find this resource:

Frank, Thomas. What’s the Matter with Kansas? New York: Henry Holt Publishing, 2004.Find this resource:

Greeley, Andrew and Michael Hout. The Truth about Conservative Christians. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.Find this resource:

Heclo, Hugh and Wilfred McClay, eds. Religion Returns to the Public Square. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.Find this resource:

Hunter, James D. Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: Basic Books, 1991.Find this resource:

Jelen, Ted G. and Clyde Wilcox. Public Attitudes toward Church and State. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1995.Find this resource:

Kosmin, Barry A. and Seymour P. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary Society. New York: Harmony books, 1993.Find this resource:

McDonald, Forest. Revivals, Awakening, and Reform: Religion and Social Change in America, 1607–1977. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.Find this resource:

Rauschenbush, Paul, ed. Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.Find this resource:

Schaff Philip. America: A Sketch of Its Political, Social, and Religious Character. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press, 1855.Find this resource:

Sweet, William Warren. Religion in the Development of American Culture, 17651840. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1952.Find this resource:

Thomas, John L. Religion and the American People. Westminster, MD: The Newman Press, 1963.Find this resource:

Wilson, John F. Public Religion in American Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1979.Find this resource:

Wuthnow, Robert. The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith Since World War II. Princeton, NJ: Princeton U. Press, 1988.Find this resource:

New Religious Movements

Beckford, James A. Cult Controversies: The Societal Response to New Religious Movements. London: Tavistock Publications, 1985.Find this resource:

Belknap, Michal and Cathy Shipe. “Cults and the Law.” In Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia, ed. Paul Finkelman. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.Find this resource:

Best, Joel. Threatened Children. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.Find this resource:

Bromley, David and James T. Richardson. The Brainwashing/Deprogramming Debate. New York: Edwin Mellen, 1983.Find this resource:

Bromley, David. The Politics of Religious Apostasy. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998.Find this resource:

Hempton, David. “Methodism and the Law, 1740–1820.” In Sects and New Religious Movements, eds. A. Dyson and E. Barker. Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 70 (1988): 94.Find this resource:

(p. 558) Palmer, Susan and C. Hardman, eds. Children in New Religions. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999.Find this resource:

Richardson, James T. Money and Power in the New Religions. New York: Edwin Mellen, 1998.Find this resource:

Robbins, Thomas and James A. Beckford. “Religious Movements and Church-State Issues.” In Handbook of Cults and Sects. eds. D. Bromley and J. Hadden. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1993.Find this resource:

Ryan, James E. “Smith and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: An Iconoclastic Assessment.” Virginia Law Review 78 (1992): 1417.Find this resource:

Shupe, Anson. Spoils of the Kingdom: Clergy Misconduct and Religious Community. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2007. Virginia Law Review 78 (1992): 1417.Find this resource:

Williams, Cynthia Norman. “America’s Opposition to New Religious Movements: Limiting the Freedom of Religion.” Law and Psychology Review 27 (Spring 2003): 171.Find this resource:

Yang, Fenggang and Helen Rose Ebaugh. “Transformation in New Immigrant Religions and Their Global Implications.” American Sociological Review 66 (2001): 269.Find this resource: