Civil Religion in AmericaRaymond Haberski, Jr.

1) Describe something called civil religion. Please provide a brief definition of this term (your answer should make specific reference to Robert Bellah).(100 words)

2) Civil religion includes beliefs, but also symbols, rituals, and commemorations that represent those beliefs. Choose a symbol, ritual or commemoration that you think defines us, and then describe what you think it expresses about who we are as Americans. You might think about whether or not all or even most Americans would agree with this interpretation. Is this symbol an expression of political controversy? (100 words)

3) The Haberski reading on Civil Religion ends with a discussion of 3 persons/events that he uses to help describe important aspects of American Civil Religion. Name these people (or events) and briefly summarize their importance in understanding American Civil Religion. (250 words)

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