Emotional Control   /   Spring 2010   /    Essays And Short Takes

I Am a Sect Myself

In  their classic book, Habits of the  Heart, Robert Bellah  and co-authors report on a 1978 Gallup  survey which  found that 80 percent of Americans  agreed  that  “an individual  should arrive at his  or her own religious beliefs independent of any churches or synagogues.”  The authors, who had conducted personal interviews with many Americans, were “not surprised.” They found people,  church-going or not, holding  all sorts of beliefs from all sorts of sources— the Bible,  self-psychology,  Eastern spirituality, naturalistic pantheism, and many more.

To read the full article online, please login to your account or subscribe to our digital edition ($25 yearly). Prefer print? Order back issues or subscribe to our print edition ($30 yearly).