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"Deeply significant...a book such as Gardella's can do much to help orient Americans to their stated commitments to equality, peace, and cultural tolerance. Thus, Gardella's American Civil Religion promises to make a unique and valuable contribution to Americans' understanding of themselves and commitment to greater faithfulness to their most cherished ideals."--S-USIH
"Gardella has a gift for linking many of the civil icons with structural counterparts in religion." --Anglican Theological Review
"Each chapter provides illuminating discussions of history and current status as well as Gardella's interpretation of the symbolism/sacred meaning of each topic...Recommended."--CHOICE
"In this engaging work, Peter Gardella revives the concept of civil religion and gives it new life through a detailed tour of its specifics. Drawing on a variety of materials-documents, music, monuments, places, symbols-he takes materials with which we are all familiar and puts them in a theoretical context that is at once sophisticated and accessible." --Peter W. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and American Studies (Emeritus), Miami University
About the Author
Peter Gardella is Professor of World Religions at Manhattanville College. His previous books are Innocent Ecstasy, on sex and religion in America; Domestic Religion, on American attitudes toward everyday life; and American Angels: Useful Spirits in the Material World. He is now working on The World's Religions in New York City: A History and Guide and on Birds in the World's Religions (with Laurence Krute).