Review review in no offense civil religion and protestant taste 1978 professor john murray cuddihy makes a simple straightforward case america has created its own special civil religion and that creation has driven religions imported from europe out of the public forum civil religion is about behavior not belief. He is the author of no offense civil religion and protestant taste 1978 and the ordeal of civility freud marx lvi strauss and the jewish struggle with modernity 1974 two books in the sociology of religion cuddihy has been described as a catholic atheist and a brilliant yet eccentric critic of contemporary american jewry. Get this from a library no offense civil religion and protestant taste john murray cuddihy a crossroad book includes bibliographical references and index. The self effacing modesty of puritan good taste makes religion a basically private affair cloaking all our ethnic and doctrinal diversity with bland public civility this is no substitute for brotherhood but how else can we manage the centrifugal forces of an open society cuddihy is a dynamic if messy writer. John murray cuddihys no offense civil religion and protestant taste is a fair example of what happens when a sociologist uses the tools of his trade confront rather than run away
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