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By Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell
“American Grace is an immediate canonical textual content. it really is fundamental for any take hold of of our pluralistic non secular tradition. And it evokes us to deepen our ecumenical democracy!”
—Cornel West, middle for African American experiences, Princeton University
Unique between countries, the United States is deeply non secular, religiously varied, and remarkably tolerant. In contemporary a long time, although, the nation’s non secular panorama has gone through a number of seismic shocks. American Grace is an authoritative, interesting exam of what prompted those alterations and the function that faith performs in modern American society.
Although there's transforming into polarization among non secular conservatives and secular liberals this present day, whilst 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 express how this denser net of non-public ties brings higher interfaith tolerance, regardless of the so-called tradition wars.
Based on of the main accomplished surveys ever performed on faith and public lifestyles in the USA (and with a brand new epilogue in line with a 3rd survey), American Grace is an quintessential publication approximately American non secular existence, crucial for figuring out our kingdom today.
“American Grace is a enormous paintings, a chic narrative outfitted on an exceptional origin of big examine. This astounding, totally attention-grabbing, and finally uplifting portrait of the altering function of faith in American lifestyles merits the widest attainable viewers. it's a triumph.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of group of opponents: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
“Religion could be the main major yet little understood strength in American existence, and this new publication is going a ways 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 document did to intercourse: rfile , dissect and check the function religion—broadly outlined to incorporate disbelief and uncertainty—plays in our nationwide event. no matter if you're a fundamentalist or atheist (or something in-between) this booklet concerns, simply because faith matters.”
—Alan Dershowitz, writer of The Genesis Of Justice and the pains Of Zion
“In American Grace, Robert Putnam and David Campbell examine survey information and congregational profiles to offer us a accomplished examine faith in our state, and succeed in conclusions that would offer a lot inspiration for mirrored image. For these drawn to the position of faith in society, this can be an enormous publication to learn. it will likely 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 reviews and complex research of unique nationwide surveys could be of significant worth to teachers, politicians, group organizers, spiritual and non-religious leaders, and americans who ask yourself approximately why and the way faith maintains to subject lots in American civic and personal life.”
—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the collage of Notre Dame
“This is the easiest review of yank faith within the final part century that i've got ever learn. in the event you care approximately American faith, you want to learn this book.”
—Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
“A gigantic, multifaceted paintings. . . . Intellectually powerful.”
—Robert Wright, long island instances e-book assessment
About the Author
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public coverage at Harvard college and founding father of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in the USA. 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 technology on the collage of Notre Dame in addition to the director of the Rooney middle for the examine of yankee Democracy.
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By nearly every indicator, Latinos are also more religious than whites. Yet lest one think that religiosity is simply equated with minority status, Asian Americans are less religious than whites. We shall have more to say about race, ethnicity, and religion in Chapter 9. Age matters a lot too, as the old are more religious than the young. There can be different reasons for such variation by age, including natural variation in the life cycle—people who are closer to the grave tend to be more religious—as well as generational differences that are frozen in place as people age.
For example, we shall see that most secular Americans are more sympathetic to religious values than most religious Americans realize. Meanwhile, most religious Americans are more tolerant of their adversaries and more supportive of the constitutional separation of church and state than most secular Americans fear. Against the din of grinding axes in the background, our objective in this book is to use the best available empirical evidence to explain the facts about religion’s changing role in the contemporary United States, and to note where uncertainty remains.
For the statistical novice, this type of analysis enables us to see whether each of these demographic characteristics continues to be a predictor of religiosity, even when accounting for all of the other characteristics at the same time. That way, if one characteristic is really just standing in for another—if the South is serving as a proxy for living in a small town, say—its statistical connection to religiosity will disappear. It will have been revealed as a substitute for something else. Such a statistical analysis reveals that gender, age, race/ethnicity, size of community, and region all have an independent connection to religiosity.
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell