Rest in Peace: Robert Bellah (1927-2013)

“A second contribution of this volume is Bellah’s understanding of religion itself. Unlike many of the present-day attempts to explain religion away as if the term has no intrinsic meaning, Bellah demurs.”
“In his new book, the notion [understanding religion] is simple: an awareness of an alternative reality.”
“The religious instinct, according to Bellah, is the ability to sense an alternative reality and in some way participate in it.” 
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