Philip S. Gorski is the Frederick and Laura Goff Professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University. He writes on religion and politics in comparative and historical perspective. His most recent book, coauthored with Samuel L. Perry, is The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy.
Bellah held the conviction that religious matters were not purely intellectual, much less merely academic.
We see the peculiar features of neoauthoritarianism as quite real modern-day reincarnations of the ancient tradition of divine kingship.
Over the last half century, there has been a transition from regular to irregular forms of cultural and political combat.