Civil Religion in an Uncivil Society

  title={Civil Religion in an Uncivil Society},
  author={Nicholas Jay Demerath and Rhys H. Williams},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={154 - 166}
Civil religion denotes a religion of the nation, a nonsectarian faith that has as its sacred symbols those of the polity and national history. Recent scholars have portrayed it as a cohesive force, a common canopy of values that helps foster social and cultural integration, but this perspective may now be at odds with a complex reality. Ours is an increasingly differentiated society with the rise of group politics and subcultures. The forms of civil religion remain, but the cultural cohesion it… 

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