By Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell
“American Grace is an rapid canonical textual content. it truly is necessary for any clutch of our pluralistic spiritual tradition. And it evokes us to deepen our ecumenical democracy!”
—Cornel West, middle for African American reviews, Princeton University
Unique between countries, the United States is deeply spiritual, religiously diversified, 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, attention-grabbing exam of what prompted those adjustments and the position that faith performs in modern American society.
Although there's growing to be polarization among non secular 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 somebody of a special religion or no religion in any respect. Putnam and Campbell convey how this denser net of non-public ties brings larger interfaith tolerance, regardless of the so-called tradition wars.
Based on of the main accomplished surveys ever performed on faith and public existence in the US (and with a brand new epilogue in accordance with a 3rd survey), American Grace is an vital booklet approximately American spiritual lifestyles, crucial for figuring out our kingdom today.
“American Grace is a enormous paintings, a sublime narrative outfitted on an outstanding beginning of huge examine. This remarkable, completely attention-grabbing, and eventually 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 booklet 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 yank 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 outstanding e-book does to faith what the Kinsey record did to intercourse: record , dissect and check the position religion—broadly outlined to incorporate disbelief and uncertainty—plays in our nationwide event. even if you're a fundamentalist or atheist (or something in-between) this ebook 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 offer us a complete examine faith in our kingdom, and achieve conclusions that might supply a lot concept for mirrored image. For these drawn to the function of faith in society, this is often a major e-book 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 someone attracted to the function of faith in America’s civic existence, Robert Putnam and David Campbell’s American Grace is a needs to learn. i'm convinced that their findings from wealthy case stories and complicated research of unique nationwide surveys can be of significant worth to lecturers, politicians, neighborhood organizers, non secular and non-religious leaders, and americans who ask yourself approximately why and the way faith maintains to subject quite a bit in American civic and personal life.”
—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the college of Notre Dame
“This is the simplest evaluation of yankee 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 massive, multifaceted paintings. . . . Intellectually powerful.”
—Robert Wright, big apple occasions e-book evaluate
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 US. he's the writer or coauthor of ten earlier books.
David E. Campbell is the toilet Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. affiliate Professor of Political technology on the college of Notre Dame in addition to the director of the Rooney heart for the research of yankee Democracy.
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Additional info for American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Not surprisingly, nones are the least religious group in the population. Jews are next, yet even though they fall below the average, they still score well above the nones. ) On the other side of the spectrum, the three most religious groups in America are Mormons, Black Protestants, and evangelicals, in that order. Their shared level of religious intensity means that members of these three traditions have much in common, although we shall see that they do not see eye-toeye on everything. Comparisons across religious traditions are merely one way to describe the religious landscape in America.
Comparing the Most and Least Religious Americans Consider the religiosity index to be a measurement tool, like a thermometer. Using it enables comparisons between Americans of varying levels of religiosity. Putting the most religious Americans (those in the top 20 percent) next to the least religious (bottom 20 percent) reveals that, on some matters, they differ dramatically. On others, there are few differences at all. The most and least religious Americans differ, for example, on how “spiritual” they consider themselves to be.
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.
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell