following articles by Robert Bellah are available either on this site or at other sites on the
web. We will continue to post additional articles on this site as they become available.
A complete listing of books
and articles are
Religion in America
An article reprinted by permission from the Journal of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences, Winter 1967
A Polish translation of “Civil Religion in America”
- Religious Evolution (PDF format)
This 1964 American Sociological Review article, “Religious Evolution,” sketches the basic argument of Bellah's latest book Religion in Human Evolution and summarizes the ideas that the 2011 book expands upon. Though it is out of date in some respects it does still serve as a brief statement of Bellah’s position.
Revolution and the Civil Religion chapter in Religion and
the American Revolution by Jerald C. Brauer (ed.)
- Reflections on Reality in America
On November 4, 1973, Professor Bellah delivered the McCall Memorial Lecture at First Congregational Church, Berkeley, California. At once deeply personal and political, Bellah uses his disciplined knowledge as a social theorist to reflect on "the religious meaning of America's present reality." Speaking to us both now and then, the talk appeared as an article in a double issue of Radical Religion: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Opinion (1973-81), Volume I, Numbers 3 and 4, Summer and Fall 1974, pages 38-41, 43-45, 47-48.
- The American Taboo on Socialism
Chapter V in Robert N. Bellah, The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial, Second Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 112-138.
- Understanding Care in Contemporary America
Originally published in Susan S. Phillips and Patricia Benner, eds., The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1994, http://www.press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/crisis-care
- Reading and Misreading Habits of the Heart
An article reprinted by permission from the journal Sociology of Religion (68:2 189-193) 2007.
- Is There a Common
American Culture? Professor Bellah presented this article as a plenary address at the
annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Francisco on
November 22, 1997. It was later reprinted in 1998 in The Journal for the American Academy of Religion.
Religious Consciousness: Rejecting the Past, Designing the Future
This speech was presented to the Division of Education in the Society, National Council of Churches, in New York, 1974.
Religion and Social Science in the Modern World
A question and answer period followed a 1982 talk of the same
title and drawn largely from this paper given at the Holy Spirit
Chapel in Berkeley. You may find
a transcript of this Q&A within this site.
- Max Weber and
World-Denying Love: A Look at the Historical Sociology of Religion Professor Bellah presented this essay as a Humanities Center and
Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society at the University of
California, San Diego on October 30, 1997.
The Journal of the American Academy of Religion published the
essay in its fall 1998 (Vol. 66, No. 3: 277-304) issue and is
reprinted here with permission from Oxford University Press.
- Cultural Vision and the Human Future
This essay, along with a more recent one entitled “The Renouncers,” posted on The Immanent Frame Blog (http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2008/08/11/the-renouncers/), are two of Bellah’s essays where he most explicitly addresses ecological issues and generates insights with strong implications for how we treat and relate to the natural environment.
on the 270th Anniversary of the Founding of Shingaku,
Shingaku and Twenty-First Century Japan
An address given in Kyoto, Japan, October 15, 2000
- Cultural Barriers to the Understanding of the Church in Its Public Role (PDF format)
This essay previews some of the things Bellah et al. say in The Good Society. It provides an illuminating dialectical juxtaposition of state totalitarianism with market totalitarianism, critiques an economic understanding of life and clarifies the role of, and provides a model for, the clergy and the church in public life. An earlier version of this essay was presented to the 1990 Annual Meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church. Professor Bellah made a similar presentation two months earlier to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Twenty-Three Theses: A Response by Robert N. Bellah
Journal of the American Academy of Religion (December 2013) 81 (4): 954-958 (online August 7, 2013)
This is a response to the “Roundtable on the Sociology of Religion: Twenty-Three Theses on the Status of Religion in American Sociology – A Mellon Working-Group Reflection” by Christian Smith, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Nancy Tatom Ammerman, José Casanova, Hilary Davidson, Elaine Howard Ecklund, John H. Evans, Philip S. Gorski, Mary Ellen Konieczny, Jason A. Springs, Jenny Trinitapoli, and Meredith Whitnah in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (December 2013) 81 (4): 903-938 (online August 10, 2013)
(A book review of Varieties of Religion Today:
William James Revisited By Charles Taylor: Harvard University Press) This article appeared in The Christian Century, May 22-26, 2002, pp. 20-26.
This article appeared in The Christian Century, March 8, 2003, pp. 20-25.
and the Crisis of Civic Membership
This article appeared in The Christian Century, March 20-27, l996, pp. 260-265.
the Savage Market
This article appeared in The Christian Century, September 18-25, 1991, pps. 844-849.
Institutions, Good City (with Christopher Adams)
This article appeared in The Christian Century, June 15-22, 1994 , pp. 604-607.
the Church: Post Traditional Discipleship
This article is one in a series from The Christian Century magazine: "How My Mind Has Changed."
Home and Not At Home: Religious Pluralism and Religious Truth
The article appeared in The Christian Century, April 19, 1995, pp. 423-428.