Civil Religion | Race and religion | Robert Bellah

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and American Civil Religion

Over the years, several Sightings authors have cited Robert Bellah’s justly famous essay, “Civil Religion in America,” which was published in 1967. A natural point of reference for a publication that aims to identify and characterize the places of re...

January 21, 2019

Alt-Right | American Civil War | Charlottesville | Civil Religion | Frederick Douglass | Lady Gaga | racism | Robert Bellah | Twitter | white supremacy

#TheLateUnpleasantness

The war came, again, in August, this time in the guise of what The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb dubbed “The Battle of Charlottesville.” Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” hopped their basket and marched on the Lawn of the University of Virginia on the eveni...

September 28, 2017

Civil Religion | Colin Kaepernick | football | national anthem | NFL | Robert Bellah | Sports | Tim Tebow

Taking a Knee as Critical Civil Religion

What happens when we compare Colin Kaepernick to Tim Tebow? Here we have two professional football players “taking a knee” not for a coach’s huddle but to express personal convictions outside the boundaries of their sport. I understand how much th...

January 5, 2017