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Church and state in France and the United States

Translated from the French by Jacques Berlinerblau A sociological approach to political secularism would define it according to its four … Continued

In Obama’s inauguraion speech, a new American religion

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West … Continued

American exceptionalism: useless, potentially dangerous

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Party / Religion / Sect / Cult

The Tea Party can be called “religious” in the sense that it crystallizes religious aspects American political discourse.

On civil religion and Glenn Beck

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

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

The need for a liberal Protestant ethos on the Supreme Court

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Obama’s Patchwork Heritage and Worldview

Harvard professor Howard Gardner says that leaders do two important things: tell a powerful story to their audience, and embody … Continued

It’s Time to Update the Pledge

Under God mourns the loss of the minister who persuaded President Eisenhower and Congress in 1954 to insert into the … 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

Rick Warren, Interfaith Activist

Rick Warren is our new Billy Graham – at the center of not only his own Christian tradition, but of … Continued

An Instant Classic in American Civil Religion

The speech Mitt Romney just delivered is in my view an instant classic in American civil religion. One of the … Continued