In seeking to make sense of modernity in the classical tradition of sociology as a field, the body of Robert Bellah’s work spans the social sciences and comparative cultural inquiry to embrace the global diversity and coherence of religion as the key to culture across civilizations and epochs within the framework of human evolution. Formally trained as a student of tribal cultures, East Asian civilization, and Islam, Bellah engages the West, and America in particular, as problematic cases that can only be understood in the broadest comparative perspective on human cultural development. This global perspective informs Bellah’s conceptions of religion and human evolution as they have deepened and grown over a half century.Read the rest of Where religion comes from and leads us.
Steven M. Tipton
Steven M. Tipton teaches sociology and religion at Emory University and its Candler School of Theology, where he is the Charles Howard Candler Professor. Co-author of Habits of the Heart and The Good Society, his latest book is Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life.