Civil religion and the politics of belonging

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Philip S. Gorski's "Barack Obama and Civil Religion" seeks to revive and reform the concept of civil religion. This response addresses two sets of issues raised by the entwined analytic and normative claims in the chapter. The first concerns the definition of civil religion, including how the civil and religious spheres are connected within it and how civil religion differs conceptually from other related models. The second concerns whether a renewed commitment to civil religion will provide a platform for greater openness and pluralism, as Gorski claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRethinking Obama
EditorsJulian Go
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NamePolitical Power and Social Theory
ISSN (Print)0198-8719


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