Robert Neelly Bellah


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Robert Neelly Bellah (born February 23, 1927) is an American sociologist, now the Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Bellah is best known for his work related to American civil religion (a term which he coined in a 1967 article). Bellah's magnum opus, Religion In Human Evolution, traces the biological and cultural origins of religion and the ... more »

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  • ''Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.''
    Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology and author. Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1985).
  • ''However painful the process of leaving home, for parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home.''
    Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology and author. Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1985).
  • While there are practical and sometimes moral reasons for the decomposition of the family, it coincides neither with what most people in society say they desire nor, especially in the case of children...
    Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. sociologist. The Good Society, ch. 1 (1991).
  • ''The family is in flux, and signs of trouble are widespread. Expectations remain high. But realities are disturbing.''
    Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. sociologist. The Good Society, ch. 1 (1991).
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