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EBOOK Ð EPUB The Broken Covenant ã American Civil Religion in Time of Trial ´ ROBERT N. BELLAH ´ ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial By Robert N. Bellah ✎ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk This Second EUnderstanding that any religion This edition includes his 1978 article Religion and the Legitimation of the American Republic and a new Prefa Robert Bellah's book The Broken Covenant American Civil Religion in Time of Trial calls on America to renew her founding myth of a national covenant Bellah writes his book out of a conviction that America is undergoing a time of trial torn apart by radical individualism and capitalist greed and in need of a new common set of moral religious and social values Bellah argues that these values are found in the renewal of the notion of covenant the idea that we are held responsible as a collective body to treat one another with charity Bellah supports his thesis by first identifying America's founding myths of liberty covenant and inner conversion reformation and constant renewal as seen in the Founders' good synthesis of Biblical symbolism with classical republican ideals Bellah also sees a utilitarian individualistic strain in America's founding and he argues that the covenant was immediately broken by the national sins of slavery and oppression of Native Americans Bellah examines the ideas of chosenness and success arguing that covenant must restrain these ideas and impulses Bellah criticizes capitalism as putting unrestrained political power in the hands of corporations calling on America to renew her founding myths in terms that speak to the crises of modern times Bellah draws from primary sources like John Winthrop Walt Whitman Abraham Lincoln and Herman Melville demonstrating that America has never been without leaders who call on her to renew the covenant and fulfill its conditions of charity and brotherly loveBellah's book is a sociological examination of America's civil religion and he analyzes the past mainly as it relates to the present He thoughtfully diagnoses America's sins and his books' strengths are its compassion its strong sense of social justice and its ability to combine a respect for tradition with an acute understanding of America's past wrongs Bellah understands that America has strengths and flaws and that sometimes America's flaws are its strengths unrestrained by compassion and covenant Bellah's weaknesses actually lie in his solution to the problem of America's sins Bellah accurately assesses America's crisis of vision and need for a renewal of covenant but his new socialist intellectual and religious national movement will not provide that common set of moral and ethical values Bellah strongly emphasizes newness saying we need a new vision of man a new sense of human possibility and a new conception of the ordering of liberty America's sins are old not new selfishness materialism radical individualism and greed The solution to these sins is not a new vision of man or a new way of ordering liberty but a return to a past vision of man and past way of ordering libertyBellah calls his book a jeremiad intended to change America Overall Bellah succeeds in writing a jeremiad that if it does not change America at least makes America think about her origins her sins and her need to renew a commitment to charity

Robert N. Bellah ´ The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial TEXT

This Second Edition represents Bellah's summation of his views on civil religion in America In his 1967 classic essay Civil Rights in America Robert Bellah is one of America's most creative sociologists He pioneered in the study of American civil religion to which this book is a significant contribution The transaction in getting this volume through was flawless

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The Broken Covenant American Civil Religion in Time of TrialBellah argued that the religious dimensions of American societyas distinct from its churcheshas its own integrity and reuired the same care in Robert Bellah's The Broken Covenant is a scathing critiue of modern American priorities Bellah claims that our ideals while good have been misapplied Diligence initiative and the desire to model virtue have yielded to material gain individualism and imperialism In Bellah's mind we have divorced our ideals from the bonds of social justice Salvation reuires not simply restoring the old covenant but shaping a new one around a unifying civil religionBellah echoing his own disillusioned era examines the flawed myths upon which Americans base our identity and actions These include the myths of origin and chosenness which generate arrogance; prosperity which demands material success to prove moral virtue and religious salvation and produces emotional and imaginative constrictionin a world of common sense and plain fact 76; and pluralism which when coupled with chosenness degenerates into a limited welcome on condition of conformity With such skewed traditions says Bellah our failure is no surprise Through racism materialism and other ethical crimes the nation's original covenant its promise of social justice was broken almost as soon as it was made 139Bellah offers an honest look at many American flaws and I found his critiue of our nativism and disregard of community especially compelling He takes care to show how Lockian and Calvinist ideals have come to contradict original Christian values such as humility and love of neighbor an argument very interesting to a Christian like me I don't think we need to reject those ideals altogether but Bellah's argument was an effective call to consider how I apply themBellah then seeks to redeem our myths but any reappropriation of tradition must be made in the full consciousness of past failure 144 He wants a new covenant for unless the free act of liberation such as 1960s rebellion moves rapidly toward an act of institutioneven the liberation itself turns intonew despotism 34 According to Bellah this new act of institution should incorporate classical and Biblical traditions but reject the selfish model of Locke the utilitarian morality of self interest xx And Bellah longs for an internalized covenant which can never be completely captured by institutions 142 He desires personal conviction over external conformity and such passionate conviction is better inculcated by community and churches than governmentTo fulfill a covenant however one needs a religion I know the objective of Bellah's covenant social justice but his book fails to delineate a sufficient set of principles for practitioners of the civil religion to follow Bellah seems to reject established creeds and embrace a relativistic attitude and his vague longings for unity with nature 155 and immediacy of experience 157 cannot recreate the solid imaginative religious moral and social context of the spiritual forerunners he admires I agree with many of Bellah's premises but in the end I think that he falls prey to his own fear By shying away from absolute truth he fails to crystallize his very Christian ideals within a covenant