American Religion: Contemporary Trends by Mark Chaves

By Mark Chaves

Most american citizens say they think in God, and greater than a 3rd say they attend spiritual prone a week. but reports convey that folks don't relatively visit church as frequently as they declare, and it isn't regularly transparent what they suggest once they inform pollsters they suspect in God or pray. American Religion offers the easiest and most recent information regarding spiritual developments within the usa, in a succinct and available demeanour. This sourcebook presents crucial information regarding key advancements in American faith seeing that 1972, and is the 1st significant source of its sort to seem in additional than decades.

Mark Chaves seems to be at tendencies in range, trust, involvement, congregational existence, management, liberal Protestant decline, and polarization. He attracts on vital surveys: the overall Social Survey, an ongoing survey of american citizens' altering attitudes and behaviors, all started in 1972; and the nationwide Congregations learn, a survey of yankee non secular congregations around the non secular spectrum. Chaves unearths that American non secular lifestyles has visible a lot continuity in fresh many years, but in addition a lot switch. He demanding situations the preferred suggestion that faith is witnessing a resurgence within the United States--in truth, conventional trust and perform is both reliable or declining. Chaves examines why the decline in liberal Protestant denominations has been followed by way of the unfold of liberal Protestant attitudes approximately non secular and social tolerance, how self belief in non secular associations has declined greater than self assurance in secular associations, and a number of alternative an important trends.

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American Religion: Contemporary Trends

So much american citizens say they suspect in God, and greater than a 3rd say they attend non secular companies per week. but experiences convey that individuals don't rather visit church as frequently as they declare, and it's not regularly transparent what they suggest after they inform pollsters they think in God or pray. American faith provides the easiest and most recent information regarding spiritual developments within the usa, in a succinct and available demeanour.

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Source: National Congregations Study are at least 90 percent white, 36 percent now have at least some African American attendees (up from 27 percent in 1998), 32 percent now have at least some Latinos (up from 24 percent), and 20 percent now have some Asians (up from 17 percent). A majority of those who attend predominantly white congregations now attend congregations with at least some African Americans and Hispanics in the pews. Fewer congregations, in other words, are 100 percent white and non-Hispanic.

At the same time, unmistakable trends emerge in two key areas: the decline of belief in the Bible’s literal truth and the rise of a diffuse sort of spirituality. 1: Declining Belief in Inerrant Bible, 1976–2008. Source: General Social Survey and Gallup Polls In light of stability in many religious beliefs, the unambiguous decline since the 1970s in belief in an inerrant Bible is striking. 1 shows the trend. This figure displays results from two different ongoing national surveys, the General Social Survey and Gallup polls.

Putting all this together, we might say that, even in the midst of high levels of religious belief and practice in American society, there is declining confidence in the special status of one’s own religion. No longer seeing the Bible as inerrant is part of a more general shift, even among practicing Christians, away from seeing Christianity as uniquely true. Confidence in the special status of one’s own religion is not the only aspect of American religion that is declining. Indeed, this book will make clear that every indicator of traditional religiosity is either stable or declining.

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