By Robert D. Putnam

American Grace is “perhaps the main sweeping glance but at modern American faith. It lays out the vast developments of the earlier fifty years, assesses their sociological reasons, after which does somewhat fortune-telling” (The Washington Post).

Unique between international locations, the USA is deeply non secular, religiously different, and remarkably tolerant. In fresh many years, even though, the nation’s non secular panorama has passed through a number of seismic shocks. American Grace is an authoritative, interesting exam of what brought about those adjustments and the position that faith performs in modern American society.

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

Based on of the main entire surveys ever performed on faith and public existence in the USA (and with a brand new epilogue in accordance with a 3rd survey), American Grace is an integral publication approximately American spiritual existence, crucial for knowing our state at the present time.

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In fact, more Americans are certain about heaven than are certain about life after death. When we probe further, we find that Americans believe in a God who is loving and not very judgmental. Sixty-two percent say they 舠very often舡 feel God舗s love in their life, while only 39 percent say that they feel God舗s judgment this frequently. Americans舗 God is more avuncular than angry, and it turns out (as we shall see in Chapter 13) that this sort of everyday theology has real implications for the ways in which Americans get along with one another.

BACKDROP Any discussion of religion in America must begin with the incontrovertible fact that Americans are a highly religious people. One can quibble over just how religion, and religiosity, should be gauged, but, by any standard, the United States (as a whole) is a religious nation. 5 Eighty-three percent of Americans report belonging to a religion; 40 percent report attending religious services nearly every week or more;6 59 percent pray at least weekly; a third report reading scripture with this same frequency.

United States舒Religion舒1960舑 2. Religion and sociology舒 United States. I. , 1971舑 II. Title. 7097309045舒dc22ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ2010027838 ISBN 978-1-4165-6671-7 ISBN 978-1-4165-6688-5 (ebook) To Kirsten, Katie, and Soren and To Miriam, Gray, Gabriel, Noah, Alonso, and Gideon Who grace our lives with their love Š CONTENTS 1. Religious Polarization and Pluralism in America 2. Vignettes: The Old and the New 3. Religiosity in America: The Historical Backdrop 4. Religiosity in America: Shock and Two Aftershocks 5.

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