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By Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell

“American Grace is an immediate canonical textual content. it really is imperative for any seize of our pluralistic non secular tradition. And it evokes us to deepen our ecumenical democracy!”
—Cornel West, heart for African American experiences, Princeton University

Unique between countries, the US is deeply non secular, religiously various, and remarkably tolerant. In contemporary many years, even if, the nation’s spiritual panorama has gone through numerous seismic shocks. American Grace is an authoritative, interesting exam of what prompted those adjustments and the position that faith performs in modern American society.

Although there's becoming polarization among spiritual conservatives and secular liberals this present day, even as own interfaith ties are strengthening. Interfaith marriage has elevated, and spiritual identities became extra fluid. extra humans than ever are pleasant with an individual of a unique religion or no religion in any respect. Putnam and Campbell express how this denser internet of non-public ties brings better interfaith tolerance, regardless of the so-called tradition wars.

Based on of the main finished surveys ever carried out on faith and public lifestyles in the USA (and with a brand new epilogue in response to a 3rd survey), American Grace is an critical booklet approximately American non secular existence, crucial for figuring out our kingdom today.

Reviews/Raves
“American Grace is a enormous paintings, a sublime narrative equipped on a fantastic beginning of big study. This unbelievable, totally attention-grabbing, and finally uplifting portrait of the altering function of faith in American existence merits the widest attainable viewers. it's a triumph.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of workforce of competitors: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

“Religion is likely to be the main major yet little understood strength in American lifestyles, and this new booklet is going far towards illuminating how religion impacts our politics and our tradition. Robert Putnam and David Campbell have produced an unique and thought-provoking work.”
—Jon Meacham, writer of yankee Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

“Perhaps the main sweeping glance but at modern American religion.”
—Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post

“This striking ebook does to faith what the Kinsey file did to intercourse: rfile , dissect and examine the function religion—broadly outlined to incorporate disbelief and uncertainty—plays in our nationwide adventure. even if you're a fundamentalist or atheist (or something in-between) this publication issues, simply because faith matters.”
—Alan Dershowitz, writer of The Genesis Of Justice and the rigors Of Zion

“In American Grace, Robert Putnam and David Campbell examine survey info and congregational profiles to provide us a accomplished examine faith in our nation, and succeed in conclusions that would offer a lot concept for mirrored image. For these attracted to the position of faith in society, this can be an immense booklet to learn. it is going to be the subject of a lot discussion.”
—Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and writer of God's Politics and Rediscovering Values

“For somebody attracted to the position of faith in America’s civic lifestyles, Robert Putnam and David Campbell’s American Grace is a needs to learn. i'm convinced that their findings from wealthy case experiences and complicated research of unique nationwide surveys can be of serious price to teachers, politicians, group organizers, spiritual and non-religious leaders, and americans who ask yourself approximately why and the way faith maintains to topic a lot in American civic and personal life.”
—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the college of Notre Dame

“This is the easiest review of yank faith within the final part century that i've got ever learn. when you care approximately American faith, you need to learn this book.”
—Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism

“A immense, multifaceted paintings. . . . Intellectually powerful.”
—Robert Wright, manhattan instances booklet assessment

About the Author
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public coverage at Harvard collage and founding father of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in the United States. he's the writer or coauthor of ten past books.

David E. Campbell is the loo Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. affiliate Professor of Political technological know-how on the collage of Notre Dame in addition to the director of the Rooney middle for the research of yankee Democracy.

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In addition to asking which religious traditions are most, and least, religious, it is also informative—and perhaps illusion-shattering—to see the types of individuals who are, and are not, religious. 4. 3 MORMONS, BLACK PROTESTANTS, AND EVANGELICALS ARE THE MOST RELIGIOUSLY OBSERVANT GROUPS IN AMERICA Religiosity is standardized with a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1 First, women are modestly but consistently more religious than men. According to the 2006 Faith Matters survey, women are more likely to say that they consider themselves to be spiritual and to report having experienced the presence of God.

Episcopalianism has long been one of America’s largest Protestant denominations, and the church flourished throughout most of the twentieth century. However, recent decades have brought a slow decline in adherents, leaving parish communities such as Trinity Concord struggling to thrive and facing an uncertain future. The Rev. ” And he worries about the “competition” that neighboring churches pose. ’ ” Many families at Trinity attend Episcopal Mass, but send their kids to the youth group at the United Church of Christ down the road.

Or is it because iPhone owners tend to be young, and young people are (on average) less religious than their elders? The latter seems more likely. Likewise, is the South more religious than (most of) the rest of the country because more African Americans live there than in the rest of the country? Or because more Southerners live in small towns? The answer to such questions lies in testing the impact of many characteristics—age, gender, income, and so forth—on religiosity simultaneously using the statistical method of multiple regression, which will reemerge often in the subsequent chapters.

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