Religion in Human Evolution
From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age
Robert N. Bellah
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, $39.95, 784 pp.
Throughout a long and illustrious career, the sociologist Robert N. Bellah has been helping Americans make sense of their world. While Bellah’s scholarly work has focused on specialized understandings of the role of religion in society, Commonweal readers will recognize him for works that have reached a broad audience concerned about the direction of American society. Indeed, Habits of the Heart...
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Richard L. Wood is associate professor of sociology and founding director of the Southwest Institute on Religion, Culture, and Society at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and Democratic Organizing in America (University of Chicago Press).