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Summary of an interview with Robert Bellah
This interview took place prior to Dr. Bellah's lecture at the University of Notre Dame in March, 2013. The lecture itself can be viewed online.
Interview with Robert Bellah PDF
By Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
Perspectives, Newsletter of the American Sociological Association Theory Section, May 2013, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp. 1, 7, 11
- The True Value of the Jewish Community
The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, May 21, 2013 (Source: ; accessed 11/15/2014)
On May 21, the late Robert N. Bellah, Rabbi David Ellenson, and Toby Rubin sat down with Ari Kelman for a fascinating panel discussion about the value of the Jewish community. Each brought a different perspective on how community is valued, and offered a diversity of opinions in how he or she engages in questions of value in his or her work. The discussion was particularly interesting around the issue of free vs. fee based programs, trends in philanthropy and institutional giving, and how people make meaning in their lives vis-à-vis community.
- Robert N. Bellah in Conversation with Michael Lerner
Point Reyes Community Presbyterian Church, Point Reyes Station, California, Thursday, September 13, 2012
23-page PDF transcript of the “Robert N. Bellah – In Conversation with Micheal Lerner” interview transcribed and edited by Sam Porter.
- Where Did Religion Come From
Robert Bellah describes his book, Religion in Human Evolution, in this entry at The Immanent Frame.
- On Religion in Human Evolution
In fall 2012, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve Paulson interviewed Robert Bellah about religion for the nationally-syndicated radio show on ideas, “To the Best of Our Knowledge.”
- Interview with Robert N. Bellah –
DAI Heidelberg December 11, 2012. Dr. Katja Rakow and Dr. Sebastian Emling from the Institute for Religious Studies, Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg spoke with Robert N. Bellah about Religion in Human Evolution and earlier works.
- Mao’s Spell and the Need to Break It
This article, in The New York Times, Thursday, December 29, 2011, reports on Professor Bellah’s views of China and the need to break Mao’s spell and develop ethical standards to succeed the “eviscerated” Marxism of the Communist Party “if China is to fulfill its ability to be one of the great powers of the 21st century.”
- Traditions Deep Our Grasp by Zhang Zhouxiang
This article appeared in the China Daily of Beijing, China on Friday, December 16, 2011. China Daily is China’s national English-language newspaper founded in 1981 with a circulation of more than 500,000 worldwide.
- Dialogue 2011/11/14 Confucianism in East Asia, China Central Television
CCTV NEWS is the English language news channel of China Central Television (CCTV), the nation's largest national broadcasting network.
- Nothing Is Ever Lost
In this interview, by Nathan Schneider and posted on The Immanent Frame website, Robert Bellah discusses his recently released book Religion in Human Evolution, September 14th, 2011.
- Where Does Religion Come From?
An interview with Robert Bellah on Religion in Human Evolution on the Atlantic Wire, a blog of the Atlantic Monthly, August 17, 2011.
- An interview with Robert Bellah for the German media organization, Deutsche Welle, July 29, 2011.
- Rethinking secularism and religion in the global age
Mark Juergensmeyer interviewed Robert Bellah in the fall of 2008 regarding his views on religious evolution, the ideas of religion and secularism, the rise of extreme positions associated with both of those terms, and the future of universalistic faiths in an emerging global civil society. Read an excerpt from this discussion or the full transcript of the conversation available in PDF.
- Of God, Justice and Disunited States
In Barry Bergman's October 26, 2006 profile for the Berkeleyan, UC Berkeley's staff/faculty weekly, Robert Bellah remembers when "religion and politics" meant Rev. Martin Luther King, Rev. William Sloane Coffin, and divinity students sitting in for civil rights -- a commitment to social justice he traces back to the Hebrew prophets'"ringing opposition to oppression and poverty.
- A World of Ideas
A conversation with Bill Moyers on the American political climate from September 27, 1988.
10 minutes with … Robert Bellah
An interview by Daniel Burke for Religion News Service about the idea of civil religion, January 28, 2009.
Habits of a Sociologist's Heart
An article written about Robert Bellah appearing in Christianity
Today, July 8, 2002.
God We Trust: Civil and Uncivil Religion in America
A Radio National interview on Sunday, June 26, 2000.
family, religion, and country according to sociologist Robert Bellah
An interview originally appearing in the February 3, 1989, issue of
- A Dialogue on
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life
The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of California, Santa Barbara
February 21, 1986
- Robert N. Bellah in Conversation with Edwin Newman of NBC News
An NBC Public Affairs Program broadcast September 17, 1978 in association with the National Council of Churches
An Impressive Period"
An interview with The Heroism Project reflecting on history and society
in the 1970's.