Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
School of Arts and Humanities
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© 2023 José Andrés Serrano
Civil religion, Conservative, American Democracy, Liberal, Polarization, Theoretical
Political Science | Religion
This thesis seeks to build upon and provide a new interpretation of civil religion in the United States. In it, the history of civil religion from the 1960s, starting with Bellah, to the 2010s will be analyzed for any themes still used in the 2020s. Similarly, understanding what a religion is within this time frame will be broken apart and examined to see how it paralleled the evolution of political understanding. Building upon its history, the paper will break into four prominent chapters: Is American Democracy Like a Civil Religion?, Religious Characteristics in the American Government, American Democracy as a Civil Religion, and The Darkness of Civil Religion. Through this analysis, this thesis will definitively answer that the United States’ government is a civil religion.
Serrano, José Andrés. (2023). Divine Democracy: Examining the Intersection of Religion and Politics in Civil Religion. CGU Theses & Dissertations, 559. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/559.