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Robert N. Bellah


1952-59    1960-69    1970-79    1980-89    1990-99    2000-present



Apache Kinship Systems (Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Prize Essay for 1950), Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


Tokugawa Religion, Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press. (Japanese Translation: Nihon Kindaika to Skukyo Rinri, Miraisha, Tokyo, 1962.)


"The Place of Religion in Human Action," The Review of Religion, 22, 3-4, pp. 137-154.

"Religious Aspects of Modernization in Turkey and Japan," The American Journal of Sociology, 64, 1, pp. 1-5.

Review of J. Milton Yinger, Religion, Society and the Individual, American Anthropologist, 60, 2. pp. 382-383.

Review of Charles R. Kaut, The Western Apache Clan System: Its Origin and Development, American Anthropologist, 60, 3, pp. 586-587.


"Durkheim and History," American Sociological Review, 24, 4, pp. 447-461.

Review of Norman Jacobs, The Origin of Modern Capitalism and Eastern Asia, American Sociological Review, 24, 5, pp. 921-922.

Review of Max Weber, The Religion of India, American Sociological Review, 24, pp. 731-733.

Review of James G. Abegglen, The Japanese Factory, The American Journal of Sociology, 65:1, pp. 114-115.


"Religious Tradition and Historical Change," Transactions of the Institute of Japanese Culture and Classics, No. 8, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, pp. 303-311. (Also in Japanese translation.)

"Nihon Kindaika no Ayumi" ["The Path of Japan's Modernization"], Daihorin, Tokyo, 28, pp. 26-35.


"The Religious Situation in the Far East," The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, 26, 4, pp. 27-38.


"Values and Social Change in Modern Japan," in Asian Cultural Studies, 3, International Christian University, Tokyo, pp. 13-56. (Also in Japanese translation.)

"Some Reflections on the Protestant Ethic Analogy in Asia," The Journal of Social Issues, 19, 1, pp. 52-60.

"It Doesn't Go Far Enough," review of J. A. T. Robinson: Honest to God, Christianity and Crisis, 23, 19, Nov. 11, pp. 200-201.


"Religious Evolution," American Sociological Review, 29, 3, pp. 358-374.

"Research Chronicle: Tokugawa Religion," in Philip E. Hammond, ed., Sociologists at Work, New York: Basic Books, pp. 142-160.



"Ienaga Saburo and the Search for Meaning in Modern Japan," in Marius Jansen, ed., Changing Japanese Attitudes toward Modernization, Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 369-423.

"Japan's Cultural Identity: Some Reflections on the Work of Watsuji Tetsuro," Journal of Asian Studies, 24, 4, pp. 573-594.

Religion and Progress in Modern Asia, edited with an introduction and epilogue, Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press, pp. ix-xxv, 168-229.

"Father and Son in Christianity and Confucianism," The Psychoanalytic Review, 52, 2, pp. 236-258.


"Religious Systems," in Evon Z. Vogt and Ethel Albert, eds., The People of Rimrock, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, pp. 227-264.

"Words for Paul Tillich," Harvard Divinity Bulletin, 30, January, pp. 15-16.

"Japanese Religion and World Civilization," Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, January.

Review of David E. Apter, The Politics of Modernization, American Sociological Review, 31, 2, pp. 268-269.


"Civil Religion in America," Daedalus, 96, 1, Winter, pp. 1-21. (Reprinted with commentary and rejoinder in Donald R. Cutler, ed., The Religious Situation 1968, Beacon, 1968, pp. 388-93.)

Review of Werner Stark, The Sociology of Religion, Vols. I and II, Sociological Analysis, 28, 4, pp. 229-230.

Comment on A. K. Saran's Review of Religion and Progress in Modern Asia, Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion, 6, 1, p. 117.


"Religion, Sociology of," International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Vol. 13, pp. 406-413.

"Meaning and Modernization," Religious Studies, 4, 1, pp. 37-45.

"The Sociology of Religion," in Talcott Parsons, ed., American Sociology: Perspectives, Problems, Methods (New York: Basic Books,), pp. 214-228.

"The Problems of Violence in Developing Countries," in Harold W. Fildey, ed., Ethical Issues in American Life, Report No. 6, Southern Regional Education Board Seminars for Journalists, pp. 27-43.

"Shinto and Modernization," in Continuity and Change, Proceedings of the Second International Conference for Shinto Studies, Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, pp. 158-162. (Also in Japanese translation.)

Religion in America, ed. with William G. McLoughlin, Boston: Houghton Mifflin (paperback, Boston: Beacon Press).

Review of Werner Stark, The Sociology of Religion, Vol. III, Sociological Analysis, 29, 3, pp. 160-161.

Review of Part 2 of Donald R. Cutler, ed., The Religious Situation: 1968, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 7, 2, pp. 290-291.

Review of Herbert W. Richardson, Toward an American Theology, Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, New Series 1, 3, pp. 18-19.


"Japan, Asia, Religion," Sociological Inquiry, 39, 1, pp. 93-95.

"Transcendence in Contemporary Piety," in Herbert W. Richardson and Donald R. Cutler, eds., Transcendence, Boston: Beacon Press, pp. 85-97. (A slightly earlier version appeared in Donald R. Cutler, ed., The Religious Situation: 1969.)

"The Dynamics of Worship," in Myron B. Bloy, Jr., ed., Multi-Media Worship, New York: Seabury Press, pp. 53-69.

Preface to David Little, Religion, Order, and Law: A Study in Pre-Revolutionary England, New York: Harper Torchbook Original, pp. iii-v.


"Christian Realism," guest editorial in Theology Today, 26, 4, pp. 367-370.

Beyond Belief: Essays on Religion in a Post-Traditional World, New York: Harper & Row.

Review of Norman O. Brown, Love's Body, History of Religions, 9, 4, pp. 352-357.

"Confessions of a Former Establishment Fundamentalist," Bulletin of the Council for the Study of Religion, 1, 3, pp. 3-6.

"Christianity and Symbolic Realism," and "Response to Comments on 'Christianity and Symbolic Realism,'" Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion, 9, 2, pp. 89-96, 112-115.

"Islamic Tradition and the Problems of Modernization," International Yearbook of the Sociology of Religion, 6, pp. 65-82.



"Evil and the American Ethos," in Nevitt Sanford and Craig Comstock, eds., Sanctions for Evil, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, pp. 177-191.

"Continuity and Change in Japanese Society," in Bernard Barber and Alex Inkeles, eds., Stability and Social Change, Boston: Little, Brown, pp. 377-404.

"The Historical Background of Unbelief," and "Between Religion and Social Science," in Rocco Caporale and Antonio Grumelli, eds., The Culture of Unbelief, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp. 39-42, 271-293.

"Brown in Perspective: A commentary on Love's Body," Soundings, 14, 4, Winter, pp. 450-459.


"Religion in the University: Changing Consciousness, Changing Structures," in Claude Welch, ed., Religion in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Association of American Colleges, Washington, D. C., pp. 13-18.

"Intellectual and Society in Japan," Daedalus, 101, 2, Spring, pp. 89-115.

"No Direction Home: Religious Aspects of the American Crisis," in Myron B. Bloy, Jr., ed., Search for the Sacred: The New Spiritual Quest, New York: Seabury Press, pp. 65-81.


"American Civil Religion in the 1970's," Anglican Theological Review, Supplementary Series, No. 1, pp. 8-20.

"Liturgy and Experience," in James D. Shaughnessy, ed., The Roots of Ritual, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, pp. 217-34.

Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society, ed. and with an introduction, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ix-lv.



"The Contemporary Meaning of Kamakura Buddhism," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 42, 1, pp. 3-17.

"Le Cinque Religioni dell'Italia Moderna," in Fabio Luca Cavazza and Stephen R. Graubard, eds., Il Caso Italiano, Milan: Garzanti Editore, pp. 439-68.

Foreword to Eli Sagan, Cannibalism: Human Aggression and Cultural Form, New York: Harper Torchbook.

"The New Religious Consciousness and the Secular University," Daedalus, 103, 4, pp. 110-115.

"New Religious Consciousness," The New Republic, 171, 21, Nov. 23, pp. 33-41.

"American Civil Religion in the 1970's" (augmented version), in Russell E. Richey and Donald G. Jones, eds., American Civil Religion, New York: Harper & Row, pp. 255-272.

"Religion and Polity in America," Andover Newton Quarterly, 15, 2, pp. 107-123.

Preface to Dean R. Hoge, Commitment on Campus: Changes in Religion and Values over Five Decades, Philadelphia: Westminster.

"Roots of the American Taboo [on socialism]," The Nation, 219, 22, Dec. 28, pp. 677-685.

"Reflections on Reality in America," Radical Religion, 1, 3-4, pp. 38-49.


"Civil Religion and the Bicentennial," in Ralph Weltge and John Westerhoff, eds., Bicentennial Broadside, Dept. of Publication Services, National Council of Churches, p. 6.

"The New Religious Consciousness and the Secular University" (uncut version), in David Noel Freedman and A. Theodore Kachel, eds., Religion and the Academic Scene, Waterloo, Ont.: The Council on the Study of Religion, pp. 1-24.

The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial, New York: Seabury Press.

"Reflections on Reality in America, Part II, A Dialogue between Karl E. Klare and Robert N. Bellah," Radical Religion, 2, 1, pp. 66-67.

"Rejoinder to Lockwood: 'Bellah and His Critics,'" Anglican Theological Review, 57, 4, pp. 406-423.

"Emergence of the American 70's: An Interview with Robert Bellah," Right On (Berkeley, California), 7, 4, November, pp. 5, 12, 15.


"Civil Religion: The Sacred and the Political in American Life" (A Conversation with Sam Keen), Psychology Today, 9, 8, January, pp. 58-65.

"To Kill and Survive or To Die and Become: The Active Life and the Contemplative Life as Ways of Being Adult," Daedalus, 105, 2, Spring, pp. 57-77.

"Response to the Panel on Civil Religion," and "Comment on `Bellah and the New Orthodoxy,'" Sociological Analysis, 37, 2, pp. 153-159, 167-168.

"The Revolution and the Civil Religion," in Jerald C. Brauer, ed., Religion and the American Revolution, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, pp. 55-73.

The New Religious Consciousness, ed. with Charles Y. Glock, with two chapters: "The New Consciousness and the Berkeley New Left" and "New Religious Consciousness and the Crisis of Modernity," Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp. 77-92, 333-352.

"Civil Religion and the American Future," Religious Education, 71, 3, May-June, pp. 235-243.

"Abraham Lincoln as Theologian of America," in Bicentennial Convocations at Sage Chapel, Office of University Publications, Cornell University, pp. 3-8.


Review of Maruyama Masao, Studies in the Intellectual History of Tokugawa Japan, Journal of Japanese Studies, 1, 3, pp. 177-183.

Foreword to Paul Rabinow, Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp. ix-xiii.

"Read Any Good Books Lately" [comment on Louis Dumont, From Mandeville to Marx: The Genesis and Triumph of Economic Ideology], California Monthly, 88, 2, p. 13.

"Young Man Luther as Portraiture: A Comment," in Donald Capps, Walter H. Capps, M. Gerald Bradford (eds.), Encounter with Erikson. Historical Interpretation and Religious Biography. Missoula: Scholars Press. Pages 29-31.


"The Religious and Moral Prerequisites for Democracy in America," Uniquest, 9, pp. 4-6.

"Religion and Legitimation in the American Republic," Society, 15, 4, pp. 16-23.

"Faith Communities Challenge--and Are Challenged by--the Changing World Order," in Joseph Gremillion and William Ryan, eds., World Faiths and the New World Order, Washington, D.C.: The Interreligious Peace Colloquium, pp. 148-168.

Foreword to Nobuya Bamba and John F. Howes, eds., Pacifism in Japan, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. ix-xi.

"Religious Studies as 'New Religion,'" in Jacob Needleman and George Baker, eds., Understanding the New Religions, New York: Seabury Press, pp. 106-112.

"Baigan and Sorai: Continuities and Discontinuities in Eighteenth-Century Japanese Thought," in Tetsuo Najita and Irwin Scheiner, eds., Japanese Thought in the Tokugawa Period: Methods and Metaphors, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 137-152.

"American Society and the Mormon Community," in Truman G. Madsen, ed., Reflections on Mormonism: Judaeo-Christian Parallels, Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, pp. 1-12.

Foreword to David DeLeon, The American as Anarchist: Reflections on Indigenous Radicalism, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. xi-xiii.

"The Role of Preaching in a Corrupt Republic," Christianity and Crisis, 38, 20, Dec. 25, pp. 317-322.

"Commentary and Proposed Agenda: The Normative Framework for Pluralism in America," Soundings, 61, 3, pp. 355-371.

"Grounds for a Value Consensus in America," in The Search for a Value Consensus, Working Papers, The Rockefeller Foundation, pp. 19-31.


"Human Conditions for a Good Society," in "Ideals in Transition: Tomorrow's America" section of St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 100th anniversary edition, Sunday, March 25, pp. 8-11.

"An Interview with Robert Bellah, 'We're in the Lull Between Two Storms,'" by Lockwood Hoehl, The Witness, 62, 5, May, pp. 7-9, 13.

Review of Harry V. Jaffa, How To Think about the American Revolution: A Bicentennial Celebration, The American Spectator, 12, 6, pp. 34-36.

"The World Is the World through Its Theorists: In Memory of Talcott Parsons," Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 18, 4, pp. 454-456. (Reprinted in American Sociologist, 15, 2, May, 1980, pp. 60-62.)


"American Association of Law Schools Law and Religion Panel: Law as Our Civil Religion," Mercer Law Review, 31, 2, pp. 482-485.

"Other Cultures . . . Journeys We Must Take," Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1, 3, pp. 1-2.

Response to Peter Brown, "The Philosopher and Society in Late Antiquity," Colloquy, 34, The Center for Hermeneutical Studies in Hellenistic and Modern Culture, The Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, pp. 18-19.

"American Values, Citizenship and the Political Economy: Prospect for the '80s," with William M. Sullivan, in Critical Choices for the '80s, National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity, 12th Report, Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. pp. 29-47.

Varieties of Civil Religion, with Philip E. Hammond, New York: Harper & Row.


"Cultural Vision and the Human Future," Teachers College Record, 82, 3, pp. 497-506.

"Civil Religion and the Use of Power," Proceedings of the 1981 Christian Life Commission Seminar, March, Power in Church and Society, Dallas, Texas, pp. 8-13.

"Democratic Culture or Authoritarian Capitalism?" with William M. Sullivan, Society, 18, 6, pp. 41-50.

"The Ethical Aims of Social Inquiry," Teachers College Record, 83, 1, pp. 1-18.

"Biblical Religion and Social Sciences in the Modern World," National Institute for Campus Ministers Journal, 6, 3, Summer, pp. 8-22; "Responses," pp. 48-49, 65-66, 85-87, 112-113.


Foreword to Steven M. Tipton, Getting Saved from the Sixties, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp. ix-xi.

"Response to Louis Dumont's 'A Modified View of Our Origins: The Christian Beginnings of Modern Individualism,'" Religion, 12, April, pp. 83-84.

"Cultural Pluralism and Religious Particularism," in Henry B. Clark II, ed., Freedom of Religion in America, Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, pp. 33-52.

"Concluding Remarks," in The Japanese Challenge and the American Response: A Symposium, Research Papers and Policy Studies, 6, Institute of East-Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, pp. 111-116.

Foreword to William M. Sullivan, Reconstructing Public Philosophy, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, pp. ix-x.

"Discerning Old and New Imperatives in Theological Education," Theological Education, 19, 3, pp. 7-29.

"Power and Religion in America Today," Commonweal, 109, 21, Dec. 3, pp. 650-655.

"Books: Critics' Christmas Choices," Commonweal, 109, 21, Dec. 3, p. 661.


"Social Science as Practical Reason," in Ethics, the Social Sciences, and Policy Analysis, Daniel Callahan and Bruce Jennings, eds., New York: Plenum Press, pp. 37-64. (This essay was published in slightly abbreviated form in The Hastings Center Report, 12, 5, pp. 32-39, 1981.)

Social Science as Moral Inquiry, ed. with Norma Haan, Paul Rabinow and William Sullivan, with two chapters: "Introduction," pp. 1-18, and "The Ethical Aims of Moral Inquiry," pp. 362-381, New York: Columbia University Press.

Introduction to Mary Douglas and Steven M. Tipton, eds., Religion and America: Spiritual Life in a Secular Age, Boston: Beacon Press, pp. ix-xiii.

Preface to the Japanese translation of The Broken Covenant (Yaburareta Keiyaku), Tokyo: Miraisha, pp. 5-12.

"Cultural Identity and Asian Modernization" in Cultural Identity and Modernization in Asian Countries: Proceedings of Kokugakuin University Centennial Symposium, Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, pp. 16-27.

"Religion in Japan: National and International Dimensions" in The Challenge of Japan's Internationalization: Organization and Culture, Hiroshi Mannari and Harumi Befu, eds., New York: Kodansha International, pp. 201-211.


"Religion and the University: The Crisis of Unbelief," the William Belden Noble Lectures--1982, Religion and Intellectual Life, 1, 1, with introduction, responses and afterword, pp. 7-73.

"Toward Clarity in the Midst of Conflict," Christianity and Crisis, 44, 17, Oct. 29, pp. 391-393.

"Economics and the Theology of Work," New Oxford Review, 51, 9, pp. 13-15.

"Religion and Secularization in Modern Societies," Papers in Comparative Studies, 3, Religion in the Modern World, Center for Comparative Studies in the Humanities, The Ohio State University, pp. 7-22.

"A Moral and Religious People," San Jose Studies, 10, 3, Fall, pp. 12-17.


"Walkaway . . . Don't Look Back: Rampant Individualism," Concern, 27, 1, January, pp. 17-19.

Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, with Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

"Interview with Robert Bellah: Individualism and Commitment in American Life," Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 30, pp. 117-141.

"The Humanities and Social Vision," in Daniel Callahan, Arthur L. Caplan, and Bruce Jennings, eds., Applying the Humanities, New York: Plenum Press, pp. 107-123.

Review of Michael Walzer, Exodus and Revolution, New Oxford Review, 52, 8, October, pp. 24-26.

"Populism and Individualism," Social Policy, 16, 2, pp. 30-33.

Introduction to paperback edition, Tokugawa Religion: The Cultural Roots of Modern Japan, New York: Free Press, pp. xi-xxi.

"The Meaning of Dogen Today," in William R. LaFleur, ed., Dogen Studies, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, pp. 150-158.


"Paradox of World Renunciation and the Path to Individuation," Ten Directions, 7, 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 9-14.

"Religious Influences on United States Foreign Policy," in Michael P. Hamilton, American Character and Foreign Policy, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, pp. 50-59.

"The Meaning of Reputation in American Society," California Law Review, 74, 3, pp. 743-751.

"Are Americans Still Citizens?" The Tocqueville Review, 7, 1985/l986, pp. 89-96.

"Public Philosophy and Public Theology in America Today," in Leroy S. Rouner, ed., Civil Religion and Political Theology, Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 79-97.

A Response to William Bennett, "Citizenship and Character Revisited," New Perspectives Quarterly, 8, 2, pp. 29-30.

"Transforming American Culture," The Center Magazine, 19, 5, Sep/Oct, pp. 2-15.

"Social Science as Public Philosophy," The Center Magazine, 19, 6, Nov/Dec, pp. 8-23.

"Populism and Individualism," in Harry C. Boyte and Frank Riessman, eds., The New Populism, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, pp. 100-107.

"Processi di Legittimazione nella Politica e nella Religione," in R. Cipriani, ed., Legittimazione e Societa, Rome: Armando Editore, pp. 113-125.


"The Professions and the Common Good: Vocation/Profession/Career," with William M. Sullivan, Religion and Intellectual Life, 4, 3, pp. 7-20.

Contribution to "Symposium on Roman Catholicism and 'American Exceptionalism,'" New Oxford Review, 54, 2, p. 5.

Uncivil Religion: Interreligious Hostility in America, ed. with Frederick E. Greenspahn, "Conclusion: Competing Visions of the Role of Religion in American Society," New York: Crossroad, pp. 219-232

"The Quest for Common Commitments in a Pluralistic Society," Philosophy and Theology, 2, 1, pp. 21-34.

Review of Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, New Oxford Review, 54, 6, pp. 22-24.

"The High Price of American Individualism," The Commonwealth, 81, 37, pp. 402-404.

"Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit," Cathedral Age, 62, 2, pp. 28-30.

"Can You Recite Your Creed?" Plumbline, 15, 3, pp. 4-9.

"Legitimation Processes in Politics and Religion," Current Sociology, 35, 2, pp. 89-99.

Religion and the Technological Revolution in Japan and the United States, The University Lecture in Religion at Arizona State University, February, Tempe, Arizona.

Individualism and Commitment in American Life: Readings on the Themes of Habits of the Heart, ed. with Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton, "Introduction: America's Cultural Conversation," New York: Harper and Row, pp. 3-10.

"Pure Land Buddhism and Modernization in Japan and the United States," The Pacific World, Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, New Series, 3, pp. 68-74.

"Forsaking All Others," California Monthly, 98, 3, December, pp. 11-12.

"Resurrecting the Common Good: The Economics Pastoral, a Year Later," Commonweal, 114, 22, Dec. 18, pp. 736-741.

"The Church as the Context for the Family," New Oxford Review, 54, 10, December, pp. 6-13.

Preface to Paul Giurlanda, F.S.C., Faith and Knowledge: A Critical Inquiry, Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, pp. ix-x.


"Invisible Hand or Iron Laws: Economics and the Nature of the Good Society," and "Concluding Remarks: An Ethicist's Perspective," in David A. Krueger, ed., Proceedings of the Second National Consultation on Corporate Ethics, The Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy, Chicago, pp. 5-12, 124-128.

"The Quest for the Self," Philosophy and Theology, 2, 4, pp. 374-386.

Introduction to William S. Pregnall, The Episcopal Seminary System during the Decline of the American Empire, Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, pp. v-viii.

"The Idea of Practices in Habits," In Charles H. Reynolds and Ralph V. Norman, eds., Community in America: the Challenge of Habits of the Heart (Berkeley. CA: University of California Press), pp. 269-288, 301). Reprinted from Soundings, 69, 1-2, 1986, pp. 181-187.

"Technology, Society, and Christian Values: A Response to the CBS Documentary Film, High Tech: Dream or Nightmare?" in Guy Fitch Lytle, ed., Theological Education for the Future, Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, pp. 7-13.

"The Common Good," with William M. Sullivan, Tikkun, 3, 4, July/August, pp. 29-32, 91-92.

"Language and the Defense of the Native American Life-World," Church and Society, 79, 1, September/October, pp. 14-26.

"The Recovery of Biblical Language in American Life," Radix, 18, 4, pp. 4-7, 29-31.

"The Kingdom of God in America: Language of Faith, Language of Nation, Language of Empire," in Religion and the Public Good: A Bicentennial Forum, Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, pp. 41-61.

"Gustafson as Critic of Culture," in Harlan R. Beckley and Charles M. Swezey, eds., James M. Gustafson's Theocentric Ethics: Interpretations and Assessments Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, pp. 143-158.

Foreword to Richard T. Hughes and C. Leonard Allen, Illusions of Innocence: Protestant Primitivism in America, 1630-1875, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. ix-xi.


Preface to Robert McAfee Brown and Sydney Thomson Brown, A Cry for Justice: The Churches and Synagogues Speak, New York: Paulist Press, pp. 1-4.

"Habits of the Hearth," an interview, Christianity Today, 33, 2, February 3, pp. 20-24.

"Robert Bellah Talks about Real Happiness," an interview, The Door, 105, May/June, pp. 16-17, 36-37.

"The Humanities and the Survival of Community," Humanities Network, 11, 3, Summer, pp. 1, 4, 9. The complete text of the 1989 Public Humanities Lecture published in pamphlet form by the California Council for the Humanities.

Comment on James A. Mathisen, "Twenty Years after Bellah: Whatever Happened to American Civil Religion," Sociological Analysis, 50, 2, Summer, p. 147.

Review of Robert A. Dahl, Democracy and its Critics, New York Times Book Review, November 12, p. 22.

Afterword to Donald L. Gelpi, S.J., ed., Beyond Individualism: Toward a Retrieval of Moral Discourse in America, Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 219-225.

"Christian Faithfulness in a Pluralist World," in Frederic B. Burnham, ed., Postmodern Theology: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World, New York: Harper and Row, pp. 74-91.

"Robert Bellah, Sociologist" an interview, in Bill Moyers, A World of Ideas, New York: Doubleday, pp. 279-290.



"The Invasion of the Money World," in David Blankenhorn, Steven Bayne and Jean Bethke Elshtain, eds., Rebuilding the Nest: A New Commitment to the American Family, New York: Family Service America, pp. 227-236.

"Morale, Religion et Societe dans L'Oeuvre Durkheimienne," Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, 69 (janvier-mars), pp. 9-25.

"The Role of the Church in a Changing Society," Currents in Theology and Mission, 17, 3, June, pp. 181-191.

"Finding the Church: Post-Traditional Discipleship," The Christian Century, 107, 33, November 14, pp. 1060-1064. Reprinted in James M. Wall and David Heim, eds., How My Mind Has Changed, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1991, pp. 113-122.

"The Church in Tension with a Lockean Culture," New Oxford Review, 57, 10, December, pp. 10-16.


"Nihon no Shukyo Dento to Kindai Fukurokoji" ["the Japanese Religious Tradition and the Blind Alley of Modernity"], Shiso, No. 803, May, pp. 103-113.

"The Triumph of Capitalism--or the Rise of Market Totalitarianism," New Oxford Review, 58, 2, March, pp. 8-15.

"Preface to Japanese Translation," in Susumu Shimazono and Keishi Nakamura, trs., Kokoro no Shukan (Japanese translation of Habits of the Heart), Tokyo: Misuzu Shobo, pp. v-vii.

"Progress and Poverty," Journal for Preachers, 14, 2, pp. 16-21.

"A Symposium: What Is To Be Done?" The New Republic, 204, 20, May 20, p. 28.

"How I Teach the Introductory Course," in Mark Juergensmeyer, ed., Teaching the Introductory Course in Religious Studies: A Sourcebook, Atlanta, Ga.: Scholars Press, pp. 193-203.

"Citizenship, Diversity and the Common Good," in Robert E. Calvert, ed., "The Constitution of the People" Reflections on Citizens and Civil Society, Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, pp. 47-63.

"Personal and Social Health: A Necessary Connection?" Radix, 20, 3, pp. 16-19, 29-30.

The Good Society, with Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton, New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

"Cultural Problems in Preaching to Americans," in Roger Alling, Jr., ed., Sermons that Work, Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, pp. 65-79.

"The Quest for the Self: Individualism, Morality, Politics," in Ken Masugi, ed., Interpreting Tocquville's Democracy in America, Savage, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 329-347.

"Cultural Barriers to the Understanding of the Church and Its Public Role," Missiology, An International Review, 19, 4 (October), pp. 462-473.

"The Importance of Catholic Social Teaching for Envisioning the Good Society," New Oxford Review, 58, 9, November, pp. 8-16.

"Development and Creation: Ethics for International Behavior," in Bernhard Moltmann, ed., Beyond the Cold War: Evolving a Concept of Responsible International Development, Arnoldshainer Texte - Band 69, Frankfurt, Germany: Haag + Herchen, pp. 28-43.

"The Politics of Care: The Episcopal Church in a Changing Society," Anglican and Episcopal History, 60, 4, December, pp. 433-442.


"Autonomy and Responsibility: The Social Basis of Ethical Individualism," in James Ogilvy, ed., Revisioning Philosophy, Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 153-163.

Review of John Kenneth Galbraith, The Culture of Contentment, New York Times Book Review, April 5, p. 13.

"Small Face-to-Face Christian Communities in a Mean-Spirited and Polarized Society," New Oxford Review, 59, 5, June, pp. 17-22

"Introduction to the Second Edition" of The Broken Covenant: American Civil Religion in Time of Trial, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, pp. vi-xiii.

"Elite Failure," The Christian Century, 109, 22, July 15-22, pp. 672-673.

"Review Essay: What we can Learn from Flacks and Wolfe," Theory and Society, 21, pp. 409-414.

Review of Harold Bloom, The American Religion: The Emergence of a Post-Christian Nation, New Oxford Review, 59, 8,, October, pp. 16-18.

"Bring Along your Compass," The Family Therapy Networker, 16, 6, November/December, pp. 53-55.


"Togo Sekai ni okeru Bunka Tagenshugi" ["Cultural Pluralism in an Integrated World"], Shiso, No. 824, February, pp. 4-16.

"Outrageous Thoughts on War and Peace," New Oxford Review, 55, 2, March, pp. 15-20.

Foreword to Matthew Glass, Citizens Against the MX: Public Languages in the Nuclear Age, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

"Beforecare," with Chris Adams The Nation, 256, 11, March 22, p. 378.

"Beyond Autonomy Toward Community," Modern Liturgy, 20, 2, March, pp. 12-16.

"Individualism and the Arts," with Chris Adams, Christian Century, 110, 21, pp. 703-704.

"What government Can't Do, Charity Can," An Interview with Robert N. Bellah by Jerry Shepherd, The Renaissance Society Magazine, 2, 1, Summer, pp. 29-32.


"Remarks by Prof. Robert N. Bellah," and "Panel Discussion," in William E. Zagotta, ed., New Possibilities for a Secure and Just World, Center for Security and Technology Studies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, pp. 13-29.

"Strong Institutions, Good City," with Christopher Freeman Adams, The Christian Century, 111, 19, June 15-22, pp. 604-607.

"Education for the Good Society," Lutheran Colleges and Universities: Mission, Task and Focus, Papers and Proceedings 1994, Lutheran Educational Conference of North America, pp. 6-17.

Foreword to Richard L. Smith, AIDS, Gays, and the American Catholic Church, Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, pp. xi-xiv.

"Understanding Caring in Contemporary America," in Susan S. Phillips and Patricia Benner, eds., The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, pp. 21-35.


"Community, Real and Imagined," The Christian Century, 112, 4, February 1-8, pp. 150-153.

"How to Understand the Church in an Individualistic Society," and "An Afterword: Coming to Our Senses," in Rodney L. Petersen, ed., Christianity and Civil Society, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, pp. 1-14, 161-165.

"At Home and Not at Home: Religious Pluralism and Religious Truth," The Christian Century, 112, 13, April 19, pp. 423-428.

"Beyond Expertise, the Good Society," Spectrum, 24, 4, April, pp. 17-23.

"Reply to Daniel Chirot 'Modernism without Liberalism: The Ideological Roots of tyranny,'" Contention, 5, 1, Fall, pp. 177-178.

"Reaffirming Marriage Culture," Options Politiques, 16, 10, December, pp. 16-19.

"Religious Pluralism and Religious Truth" (uncut version), Reflections (Yale Divinity School), 90, 2, pp. 9-17.


Review of Eiko Ikegami, The Taming of the Samurai: Honorific Individualism and the Making of Modern Japan, Contemporary Sociology, 25, 1, January, pp. 110-112.

"Community Properly Understood: A Defense of `Democratic Communitarianism," The Responsive Community, 6, 1, pp. 49-54.

"The House Divided," with Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton, Introduction to the new edition of Habits of the Heart, Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. vii-xxxix.

"Families in the Context of Community," in Patricia Voydanoff, ed., Families and Communities in Partnership, Lanham, N.Y.: University Press of America, pp. 3-18.

"What is god Calling the Church to Do Today?" Pacific Church News, 134, 1, April/May, p. 20.

"The Neocapitalist Employment Crisis," The Christian Century, 113, 23, July 31-August 7, pp. 754-756.

"Individualism and the Crisis of civic Membership," Christian Century, 113, 16, May 8, pp. 510-515.

Review of William H. McNeill, Keeping together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History, Commonweal, 123,17, October 11, pp. 19-20.

"'Reforming' the Welfare Act," Pacific Church News, 134, 4, October/November, pp. 20-21.

"Gakusha Maruyama Masao to Yujin Maruyama Masao" ["Maruyama Masao as Scholar and Friend"], Misuzu, 427, October, 1996, pp. 11-13.


"Creating Transforming Communities," Global Learning (New Delhi), 1,3, pp. 16-23.

"Work as Calling," The Wider Circle, 2,3, pp. 4-6.

Foreword to F. Byron Nahser, Learning to Read the Signs: Reclaiming Pragmatism in Business, Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997, pp. xi-xiv.

"Class Wars and Culture Wars in the University Today: Why We Can't Defend Ourselves," Academe, 83, 4, July-August, pp. 22-26.

Shinran o meguru mo hitotsu bunkaron (One More Cultural Discussion Concerning Shinran), with Alfred Bloom and Futaba Kenko, Kyoto: Nagata Bunshodo.

"Professions Under Siege: Can Ethical Autonomy survive?" Logos, 1, 3, Fall, pp. 31-50.

"The Necessity of Opportunity and Community in a Good Society," International Sociology, 12, 4, December, pp. 387-393.


"Courageous or Indifferent Individualism," Ethical Perspectives (Journal of the European Ethics Network, Leuven, Belgium), 5, 2, June, pp. 92-101.

"Is There a Common American Culture?" Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 66, 3, Fall, pp. 613-625.

"Unintended Consequences," Spirituality & Health, 1. 1, Fall, pp. 42-43.

"Reforming our Institutions of Meaning" (an interview), in Benjamin Webb, ed., Fugitive Faith Maryknoll, NY: Orbis), pp. 3-14).


"Freedom, Coercion, Authority," Academe, 85, 1, January-February, pp. 16-21.

"The Ethics of Polarization in the United States and the World," in David Batstone and Eduardo Mendieta, eds., The Good Citizen, New York: Routledge, pp. 13-28.

Review of Peter I. Berger, ed., The Limits of Social cohesion: Conflict and Mediation in Pluralist Societies, Contemporary Sociology, 28, 2, March, pp. 209-210.

"Max Weber and World-denying Love: A Look at the Historical Sociology of Religion," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 67, 2, Summer, pp. 277-304.

"Religion and the Shape of National Culture," America, 181, 3, July 31-Augsut 7, 1999, pp. 9-14.

"Is There a common American Culture? Diversity, Identity and Morality in American Public Life," in William H. Swatos, Jr. And James K. Wellman, Jr., The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, pp. 53-67, 207-208.

"The Scholar's Vocation," Collegium, A Publication of Baylor University, College of Arts and Sciences, pp.18-21.

Review of Roy A. Rappaport, Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 38, 4, December, pp. 569-570.

"Comunitarismo ou Liberalismo? Brasil e Estados Unidos em Debate," in Jessé Souza, ed., O malandro e o protestante: A tese weberiana e a singularidade cultural brasiliera, Brasília-DF, Brasil: Editora Universidade de Brasília, 1999, pp. 295-315.


"The True Scholar," Academe, 86, 1, January-February, pp. 18-23.

"Texts, Sacred and Profane," Proceedings of the American Theological Association, Annual conference, June 21,24, 2000, pp. 195-205.

"Flaws in the Protestant Code: Some Religious Sources of America's Troubles," Ethical Perspectives, 7, 4. Pp. 288-299.


"Care of Souls in Today's America," Radix, 28, 1, pp. 4-7, 24-26.

"Religion: Evolution and Development," in Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, Volume 19, pp. 13062-13066.

"Sekimon Shingaku in the Context of Culture and Society in the Tokugawa Period," in Ishida Baigan and Sekimon Shingaku, Monograph Series No. 1, March, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Kyoto Gakuen University, pp. 57-73.

"Shingaku to Nijuichi Seiki no Nihon" (Shingaku and 21st Century Japan), Symposium, "Shingaku no Mirai" (The Future of Shingaku), and "Koyama Shikei-shi no 'Shingaku e no Michi' o yonde" (On Reading Mr. Koyama Shikei's "The Way to Shingaku"), in Shingaku ga Hiraku Nijuichi Seiki no Nihon (Shingaku Opening 21st Century Japan), compiled by Sanzensha, Tokyo: PHP Editors Group, 2001, pp. 35-71, 72-123, 129-162, 217-223.

"Stories as Arrows: The Religious Response to Modernity," in Arvind Sharma, ed., Religion in a Secular City: Essays in Honor of Harvey Cox, Harrisburg, PA: Trinity International, pp. 91-115.

"Cultural Resources for a Progressive Alternative" (with William M. Sullivan), in Henry Tam, ed., Progressive Politics in the Global Age, Cambridge, U.K.: Polity, pp. 21-35.

"Habit and History," Ethical Perspectives, 8, 3, pp. 156-167.


"Epilogue. Meaning and Modernity: America and The world," in Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton, eds., Meaning and Modernity: Religion, Polity, and Self, Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 255-276.

"Rousseau on Society and the Individual," in Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and The First and Second Discourses, Susan Dunn, ed., Rethinking the Western Tradition Series, Yale University Press, pp. 266-287.

"The Protestant Structure of American culture: Multiculture or Monoculture?" The Hedgehog Review, 4, 1, Spring, pp. 7-28.

Review of Charles Taylor, Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited, The Christian Century, 119, 11, May 22-29, pp. 20-26.

"Seventy-five Years," South Atlantic Quarterly, Special Issue, Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after September 11, 102, 2, Spring, pp. 253-265.

"The New American Empire," Commonweal, 129, 18, October 25, pp. 12-14.


Imagining Japan: The Japanese Tradition and Its Modern Interpretation, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

"Righteous Empire: Imperialism, American-style," The Christian Century. 120, 5, March 8, pp. 20-25.

"The Ritual Roots of Society and Culture," in Michele Dillon, ed., Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, Cambridge University Press, pp. 31-44.

Foreword to Richard T. Hughes, Myths America Lives By, University of Illinois Press, pp. ix-xii.

"On Being Catholic and American," in Mary K. McCullough, ed., Fire and Ice:  Imagination and Intellect in the Catholic Tradition, Scranton, PA:  University of Scranton Press, pp. 29-47.


"Education for Justice and the Common Good," Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, 25, Spring, pp. 28-37.

"American Politics and the Dissenting Protestant Tradition," in E. J. Dionne Jr., et al., eds., One Electorate under God? A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics, Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, pp. 63-66.

"The future of Religion: Andrew Cooper Interviews Robert Bellah," Tricycle, 53, Fall, pp. 52-55, 114-115.

"Human Conditions for a Good Society," and "A Night at Camp David," in Daniel Horowitz, Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis of the 1970s, The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech of July 15, 1979: A Brief History with Documents, Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin's, pp. 73-77, 152-157.

Foreword to Russell Jeung, Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, pp.vii-viii.


"McCarthyism at Harvard" (Letter to the Editor), The New York Review of Books, 52, 2, February 10, 2005, pp. 42-43.

"Durkheim and Ritual," in Jeffrey C. Alexander and Philip Smith, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim, Cambridge University Press, pp. 183-210.

"God and King," in L. Gregory Jones, et. al., eds., God, Truth, and Witness: Engaging Stanley Hauerwas, Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, pp. 112-130.

"God, Nation, and Self in America: Some Tensions between Parsons and Bellah," in Renée C. Fox, et. al., eds., After Parsons: A Theory of Social Action for the Twenty-First Century, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 137-147.

What is Axial about the Axial Age?" Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 46, 1, pp. 69-89.

Introduction to Mark Nepo, ed., Deepening the American Dream:  Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy, San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass, pp. vii-xiii.
"Marriage in the Matrix of Habit and History" and "Epilogue: It Takes a Society to Raise a Family," in Steven M. Tipton and John Witte Jr., eds., Family Transformed: Religion, Values, and Society in American Life, Washington, D.C.:  Georgetown University Press, pp. 21-33 and 286-298.


"Robert Bellah on Religion, Morality, and the Politics of Resentment," an interview with Roger Bowen, Academe, 92, 1, pp. 33-37.
Prophetic Religion in a Democratic Society, Kalamazoo, MI:  Fetzer Institute.
The Robert Bellah Reader, edited with Steven M. Tipton, Durham, NC:  Duke University Press.
"Reading and Misreading Habits of the Heart," Sociology of Religion, 68, 2, pp. 189-193.
"Preface to the 2008 Edition," with Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler and Steven M. Tipton, Habits of the Heart, Berkeley:  University of California Press, pp. vii-xi.
"Commentary on Gorski and Eisenstadt" [reviews of Mohammad Nafissi, Ancient Athens and Modern Social Thought], Contemporary Sociology, 36, 5, pp. 415-418.
"Afterword," in Ronan Alves Pereira and Hideaki Matsuoka, eds., Japanese Religions in and beyond the Japanese Diaspora, Japan Research Monograph 15, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, pp. 231-233.
"Ethical Politics:  Reality or Illusion?" Daedalus, 136, 4, Fall.


“Yes He Can, The Case for Obama,” Commonweal, 135, 5, March 14, pp. 8-9.
“The R Word” [shortened and edited version of “All Religions Are Cousins”], Tricycle, 17, 3, Spring, pp. 50-55, 114-115.
“What Holds Us Together:  An Exchange” (with Charles Taylor), Items & Issues (The Social Science Research Council), 6, 1-2, Winter-Spring 2007/08, pp. 8-15.
“For the Church,” in Christian Iosso and Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, eds., Prayers for the New Social Awakening:  Inspired by the New Social Creed, Louisville:  Westminster John Knox, pp. 61-62.
Two Lectures by Robert N. Bellah:  The Maruyama Lecture and Seminar 2007. Occasional Papers, Number 5, Center for Japanese Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
“The Rules of Engagement:  Communion in a Scientific Age,” Commonweal. 135, 15, September 12, pp. 15-21.


"Intervista a Robert N. Bellah", in V. Possenti (ed.), Ragione, religione, società. Annuario di filosofia 2009. Milan:  Guerini e associati. pages 13-30.

La religione civile in Italia e in America, Roma:  Armando Editore.   “The Five Religions of Modern Italy” and “Civil Religion in America”  translated and with an Introduction by Matteo Bortolini.


“Heritage and Choice in American Religion,” Sociologica. Volume 3, 2010. (accessed March 16, 2011).

“Confronting Modernity;  Maruyama Masao, Jürgen Habermas, and Charles Taylor,” in Michael Warner, Jonathan Van Antwerpen, and Craig Calhoun, eds., Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age, Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard University Press, pp. 32-53.
“All Religions are Cousins:  Religion in Human Evolution,” in Richard Curtis, ed., Reasonable Perspectives on Religion, Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, pp. 47-59.
“Michael Murphy and Embodied Practices, “ in Jay Ogilvy, ed., An Actual Man:  Micahel Murphy and the human Potential Movement, Berkeley, CA:  Minuteman Press, pp. 169-173.


“The Final Word:  Can Christianity Contribute to a Global Civil Religion,” in John Witte, Jr. and Frank S, Alexander, eds., Christianity and Human Rights:  An Introduction, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, pp. 351-366.

Religion in Human Evolution. September 2011. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Review of Parker J. Palmer, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, The Christian Century, 128, 21, October 18, 2011, pp. 35-37.


The Axial Age and its Consequences, edited with Hans Joas, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

“Religion in human evolution revisited: response to commentators,” Religion, Brain & Behavior, 2:3, pp. 260-270.

“Religion and Equality in Human Evolution,” Tikkun, 27, 4, Fall, 2012, pp. 13-15, 64-66.


“Twenty-Three Theses: A Response,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, December, 81, 4, pp. 897-902.


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