Essays on Religion in a Post-Traditionalist World
Publication Year: 1991
Published by: University of California Press
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...lishers and journals for permission to reprint copyright materialModern Japan," by Robert Bellah in Asian Cultural Studies III, OctoberBEACON PRESS for article "Transcendence in Contemporary Piety," byRobert Bellah, from Transcendence, edited by Herbert W. Richardson andization," by Robert Bellah, from Religious Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, October...
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...is still something of a stepchild in the American university. In somemajor universities there is no department devoted to this aspect ofhuman experience. In others the department is only uncertainly in-stitutionalized and deals with but a fraction of man's religiousness.In a few places excellent programs exist that point the way to what...
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...failure" so perhaps one can transpose another phrase common todayand speak of "the faith of loss." "The nerve of failure" and "thefaith of loss" point to a situation in which the idols are broken andthe gods are dead, but the darkness of negation turns out to be fullof rich possibility. Out of the nothingness which has swallowed up...
...preliminary reconnaissance of what I believe are the major theoreticaland empirical problems in the study of religion. Many of the highlylength in Parts II and III. There is some value, however, in a rela-tively concise statement of theoretical issues. It is particularly helpfulin allowing a periodic reassessment of one's position. I have in-...
The Sociology of Religion
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...main types of religious study. They have studied religion as a centraltheoretical problem in the understanding of social action. They havestudied the relation between religion and other areas of social life,such as economics, politics, and social class. And finally, they havestudied religious roles, organizations, and movements. This article...
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...precursors as far back as Herodotus, the systematically scientificstudy of religion begins only in the second half of the nineteenthconditions for this emergence were that by the time of Hegel religionhad become the object of comprehensive philosophical speculationand that by the time of Henry Thomas Buckle history had been en-...
Religion in theModernization Process
THE CHAPTERS in Part II are concerned with the role of religion inindustrial society. It therefore expands on the treatment of earlymodern religion, the fourth stage of religious evolution as outlinedmodern West, especially as it was brilliantly formulated in the workof Max Weber, lies in the background of all the chapters in this...
Reflections on the ProtestantEthic Analogy in Asia
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...the so-called "Protestant Ethic hypothesis," continues to exercise animpressive influence on current research in the social sciences, as aglance at recent journals and monographs will quickly show.1 Thegreat bulk of this research is concerned with refining the Weberianthesis about the differential effects of Protestant compared with...
Meaning and Modernization
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...volves, is always a moral and a religious problem. If it has some-times been hailed as an exhilarating challenge to create new valuesand meanings, it has also often been feared as a threat to an existingOne very widespread response to the modern has been to see it asdisturbing and disorienting, as creating an unsatisfactory situation...
Father and Son in Christianityand Confucianism
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...briefly discusses the relation between the family and religious sym-bolism. He says that the earliest form of social organization is thefamily, that the earliest form of political organization is simply anextension of the family in which the patriarch of an extended familyis king, and finally, that men speak of Zeus being the father of gods...
The Religious Situationin the Far East
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...try to discuss so complex a subject as the religious situation in EastAsia in so short a time. All I can do is raise some general con-siderations and give a few examples. I will try to give some idea ofthe order of complexity of the problems, but I cannot hope to giveTillichian definition—religion as that meaningful structure through...
Values and Social Changein Modern Japan
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...tween a cultural system and a social system. This is often done un-consciously, but it can be done from a more careful, analytic pointof view as well. By a cultural system I mean that collection of symbolsystems that includes such areas as science, art, literature, ethics,philosophy, and so on, considering them as cultural patterns more...
Islamic Tradition and theProblems of Modernization
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...the world, but ours is a world it is increasingly difficult to makesense of. Joseph Conrad describes the modern age as one "in whichwe are camped like bewildered travellers in a garish, unrestful hotel."But the great religious systems were not designed to deliver us fromthis particular hotel. Their plans and instructions are for another...
Civil Religion in America
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...tianity is the national faith, and others that church and synagogueLife," few have realized that there actually exists alongside of andrather dearly differentiated from the churches an elaborate and well-institutionaliezed civil religion in America. This article argues notonly that there is such a thing, but also that this religion—or per-...
Religion inModern Society
...fifth stage of religious evolution put forth in Part I. The major socialproblems of this stage are no longer those of the takeoff from anagricultural society into an industrial one but the many new. problemsthat arise once that departure has occurred. One problem that seemsto characterize the most advanced contemporary societies is a major...
"It Doesn't Go Far Enough"
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...significance of Honest to God in the fact that it is a direct attackon classical theism not from some liberal fringe point of view butfrom the core of the Christian tradition itself. Bishop Robinson isin the most involved sense a churchman. I think we must accept histruth of the Christian faith. . . ." But, he continues, "I have con-...
Transcendence in Contemporary Piety
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...tribute of God that indicates that he is outside and independent ofthe world. A number of metaphysical arguments have been developedover the centuries to prove this point. Both biblical and Quranicreligions have also asserted the existence of God outside the worldon the basis of revelation. Today arguments based on metaphysical...
The Dynamics of Worship
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...contrast between sacred and profane. For the sacred is not simplya property of external objects any more than it is purely a subjec-tive feeling. It is a quality of experience, of relation between subjectand object. The apprehension that everything that lives is holy doesnot arise from sense perception; it does not have in Blake's words...
Religion and Belief: The HistoricalBackground of "Non-Belief
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...the Greek mind, one might almost say of the mind of Plato. It isin Book X of the Laws that Plato argues for necessary theologicalbeliefs: the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, and themoral government of the world. Unbelief in these propositions is acrime, punishable with five years of solitary confinement for a first...
Review of Love's Body,by Norman O. Brown
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...book. When it first came out I glanced through it, read a paragraphhere and there, and put it away, disturbed. It was two years later,in the spring of 1968, that I read it on the plane corning home fromthe East Coast. It made me dizzy, intoxicated; it made me change. Iam still living with the book, teaching with it, absorbing it. This re-...
Between Religion and Social Science
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...plications of social science, a phrase that contains a certain amountof deliberate ambiguity. It suggests that social science not only hasimplications for religion, but that it has religious implications oraspects within itself. I start with the assumption that the relationorganic. This is in conscious contrast to one view of secularization,...
Appendix: The Systematic Study of Religion
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Bibliography of Robert N. Bellah
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Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 1991