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  • THE ROBERT BELLAH READER: NOTES

  • What does Bellah add to the research?

    1. He provides a definition of religion
    2. He provides information about symbolism
  • RELIGION AS A SYMBOL SYSTEM

  • Like Greeley, Bellah defines religion as a symbol system. Here both are following Geertz. Citing Lienhardt (28-29), Bellah grounds religious symbolism in experience. Symbolism is a means by which experience is “imaged”; this imaging differentiates subject and object

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