Culture, Ideology and Religion

The Da Vinci Code & Mary Magdalene

Michel A Rizzotti The popularity of The Da Vinci Code put Opus Dei and the Church at the center of a controversial limelight. As a result it created a reactionary backlash from the more conservative faction of the Church. Dan Brown’s book made accessible to...

Corporatism

Michael A. Rizzotti Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known...

Lady Di: A Media Consecrated Icon

Michael A Rizzotti Diana Spencer was launched onto the world stage when it became known that Prince Charles chose her to be his wife. Who can forget a first sight of Diana stretching her long legs out of a Mini Austin, her body unfolding in front of a horde of...

Religio and American Civil Religion

Michael A Rizzotti In memory of my grandmother Augusta With this essay we propose a reassessment of American civil religion developed by Robert N. Bellah. The term was originally coined in 1967. The idea was expanded in his books Beyond Belief and Broken Covenant...

President Obama Inaugural Speech and American Civil Religion

Michael A Rizzotti This essay is a follow-up to “Religio and American Civil Religion” in response to President Obama’s inaugural speech. The contents will reveal a continuity with traditional themes delivered by past Presidents. The speech also includes...