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American Civil Religion

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American civil religion—the religion of the republic—is a secular American nationalism or national political ideology that uses the forms and structures of traditional religions and often...

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American Civil Religion

Gordon C. Thomasson.

in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945). 1741 words.

American civil religion—the religion of the republic—is a secular American nationalism or national political ideology that uses the forms and

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American Civil Religion

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American civil religion—the religion of the republic—is a secular American nationalism or national political ideology that uses the forms and structures of traditional religions and often...

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Civil Religion in America

Raymond Haberski, Jr..

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

P ublished online January 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Religious Studies. 8228 words.

Civil religion in America has no church, denominations, or institutional center, and it cannot be traced to a single origin story. And yet, it operates as a religion in ways familiar to...

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The Role of Civil Religion in American Society

Richard V. Pierard.

in The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

November 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Comparative Politics. 8375 words.

This article discusses the significance of civil religion in American society. Religion is a distinctive feature in the political life of the United States. While the majority of Americans...

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Civil Rights Movements and Religion in America

Paul Harvey.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

P ublished online August 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Religious Studies; Religion and Science. 10464 words.

In the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century, black Christian thought helped to undermine the white supremacist racial system that had governed America for centuries. The civil...

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Globalization, Civil Society and Religion from a Latin American Standpoint

Catalina Romero.

in Sociology of Religion

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Religion; Sociology of Religion. 0 words.

Religion in Latin American is Catholic and is becoming universal, ecumenic and global. Since the 16th century, the people of Peru have fought to retain their cultural identity despite...

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

Jay Mechling.

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

April 2000; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of the Americas. 9009 words.

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...

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Civil Religion in America

Raymond Haberski.

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America

August 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religion. 7751 words.

Appearance and Influences

For most scholars, familiarity with civil religion is tied to the 1967 essay written by Robert Bellah.

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The “Constitution” in American Civil Religion

Sanford Levinson.

in Constitutional Faith

September 2011; p ublished online October 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law. 17990 words.

This chapter elaborates on the variety of “constitutional faiths.” It discusses the parallels between Protestant and Catholic approaches to Christian doctrine and “protestant” and...

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God and War: American Civil Religion since 1945

in Journal of American History

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Journal Article. Subjects: United States History. 486 words.

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Editorial: Law, Morals, and Civil Religion in America

Derek H. Davis.

in Journal of Church and State

January 1997; p ublished online January 1997 .

Journal Article. Subjects: History; Religion. 0 words.

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God and War: American Civil Religion since 1945

Christopher Hrynkow.

in Journal of Church and State

December 2013; p ublished online October 2013 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Religion; History. 830 words.

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César Chávez and Mexican American Civil Religion

LuíS D. León.

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

August 2005; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religious Studies. 5153 words.

This chapter suggests that César Chávez quite intentionally manipulated, invented, and recast religious symbols to further his political and social aims. This is not to say that Chávez took...

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Civil Rights Movements and Religion in America

in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion in America

August 2018; p ublished online October 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religion. 10020 words.

The term “civil rights movement” can have many meanings. This article will focus primarily on the relationship of religion and

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G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion

Andrew Preston.

in The Journal of American History

December 2016; p ublished online December 2016 .

Journal Article. Subjects: United States History. 521 words.

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From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush: What Happened to American Civil Religion? Wade Clark Roof

Clark Roof Wade.

in America and the Misshaping of a New World Order

June 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Anthropology. 8386 words.

This chapter explores the perspective of religio-political rhetorical development in America that began during the Reagan presidency and was carried over vociferously into the tenure of...

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The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

April R. Summitt.

in Journal of American History

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Journal Article. Subjects: United States History. 487 words.

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American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea. By John D. Wilsey

Mark Edwards.

in Journal of Church and State

July 2016; p ublished online July 2016 .

Journal Article. Subjects: History; Religion. 467 words.

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Religious Rhetoric and American Politics: The Endurance of Civil Religion in Electoral Campaigns

Mark Thomas Edwards.

in Journal of Church and State

September 2014; p ublished online July 2014 .

Journal Article. Subjects: History; Religion. 537 words.

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American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present. By Philip Gorski

Jonathan J Den Hartog.

in Journal of Church and State

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Journal Article. Subjects: History; Religion. 807 words.

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