The United States stands out among Western nations for its high level of religiosity and also for the great variety of churches and faiths. Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell examine the state of religion in the U.S. in their recently published book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster).
Looking over the recent past, the authors identify three major shifts in religious practice. The first was the cultural and sexual revolution of the ‘60s that saw a notable drop in church attendance. This was followed by a reaction by religion, especially among the evangelical churches. Finally, a growing number of young people are renouncing any religion at all in the...READ MORE