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Rethinking (and Reteaching) the Civil Religion in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Jay Mechling

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520224384.003.0004
Rethinking (and Reteaching) the Civil Religion in Post-Nationalist American Studies

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This chapter views the study of religion at the center of the budding post-nationalist American studies. The chapter proposes a conceptual map for organizing the work on religion from several disciplines and then examines the individual's experience of religion as a subjective reality. It takes a look at the concepts of “civil religion” and American “exceptionalism” before studying the most private and most public experiences of religion. The chapter also studies how people think about civil religion, and addresses its public nature along with the relationship between public and private cultures in the United States.

Keywords: religion; post-nationalist; American studies; conceptual map; subjective reality; civil religion; American exceptionalism; experiences of religion

Chapter.  9009 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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