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Civil Religion
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I. Concept – II. Religious Studies – III. Sociology and Social Ethics – IV. Systematic Theology – V. Practical Theology

I. Concept

The term civil religion was coined in 1967 by the American sociologist Robert N. Bellah. As a student of the system theorist T. Parsons, Bellah understands civil religion as a collection of statements of faith, symbols, and rituals which – independent of the churches – i…

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Schieder, Rolf, “Civil Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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