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Posted: 11/28/2003 7:04:47 PM EDT
Jumper_ (1000+ posts) Fri Nov-28-03

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Why is America by far the most religious industrialized nation?

Does anyone know why this has happened? This is really hurting us. If America was as religious as any other industrialized nation the Democratic Party would be dominant right now...

It's always interesting to observe the bigotry of the Left. As if the US is conservative because of widespread religion, instead of the other way around. Practicing the religion of your family is conservative, the broadest most general meaning of the word.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 7:25:40 PM EDT
damn, son, why don't you leave those poor folks over at DU alone hehehe.
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 7:29:40 PM EDT
You can read this book [0:)] Allitt, Patrick: Religion in America Since 1945 Allitt's narrative brilliantly explores how and why the U.S. is both the most religious and the most secular of the industrialized nations in the world. Religion in America Since 1945 A History Patrick Allitt "A work of masterful and exacting scholarship that reads like a page-turner. Tracing the varities of religious experience in the United States from the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945 to '9/11,' Allitt offers a thoughtful and provocative account of all manner of American belief and religious space-from Billy Graham to Timothy O'Leary, from Eero Saarinen's M.I.T. chapel to Levittown's ticky-tacky suburban "church gymnasiums," from Paul Tillich to Louis Farrakan. Allitt's narrative brilliantly explores how and why the U.S. is both the most religious and the most secular of the industrialized nations in the world. This is a scholarly work of the first order that is a rollicking good read!" –Mark S. Massa, S.J., Co-Director of the Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University and author of Catholics and American Culture: Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team "Allitt has provided us with a shrewd , savvy introduction to a subject of bewildering complexity. And the writing is terrific." –John T. McGreevy, author of Catholicism and American Freedom: A History and John A. O'Brien associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame "No single book can render the whole landscape of modern American religion. But Patrick Allitt has given us an exceptionally lucid overview in this humane, witty, and gracefully written volume. Approaching religion in the genial spirit of a William James, Allitt seeks less to pass judgment on his subjects than to describe them fairly, and explore their place in the texture of modern American life. The resulting book not only serves as a stimulating introduction to an essential but poorly understood aspect of recent American history. It also kindles our curiosity and wonder at the inexhaustible variety of human thought and experience." –Wilfred M. McClay, holder of the SunTrust Chair of Humanities, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and author of The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America "Patrick Allitt has done an enviable job of piecing together a coherent picture of the complex developments that have characterized American religion since World War II. I am especially impressed with his judicious selection of topics. The book is even-handed in its coverage of Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, and is particularly helpful in showing how religious leaders responded to major political events, cultural change, and new technology. Sociologists and political scientists, as well as historians and scholars of religion, will find a lot of valuable information in this book." –Robert Wuthnow, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University and author of The Restructuring of American Religion Moving far beyond the realm of traditional "church history," Patrick Allitt surveys the broad canvas of American religion since World War II. Idetifying the major trends and telling moments within both major denominations and other less formal religious movements, he asks how these religious groups have shaped, and been shaped by, some of the most important and divisive issues and events of the last half century: the Cold War; the Civil Rights Movement; the Vietnam War; feminism and the sexual revolution; abortion rights; and the antinuclear and environmentalist movements, among many others. Allitt argues that the boundaries between religious and political discourse have become increasingly blurred in the last fifty years. Having been divided along denominational lines in the early postwar period, religious Americans had come by the 1980s to be divided along political lines instead, as they grappled with the challenges of modernity and secularism. Partially because of this politicization and the growing influence of Asian, Latino, and other ethnic groups, the United States is anomalous among the Western industrialized nations, as church membership and religious affiliation generally increased during this period. Religion in America Since 1945 is a masterful analysis of this dynamism and diversity and an ideal starting point for any exploration of the contemporary religious scene. Contents Preface 1. Anxious Victory: 1945---1952 The War's End The American Religious Landscape Cold War of the Spirit Spiritual Peace in the 1940s 2. Religion and Materialism: 1950---1970 Fighting Godless Communism Religious Intellectuals in the 1950s Eisenhower Spirituality Church Buildings 3. Religion, Respect, and Social Change: 1955---1968 African American Religion The Civil Rights Movement Begins White Christians and Civil Rights Nonviolence in Decline Mormon America 4. New Frontiers and Old Boundaries: 1960---1969 The Catholic President The Supreme Court and Religion in Schools Vietnam, Part I Radical Theology Catholic Reform 5. Shaking the Foundations: 1963---1972 American Judaism Vietnam, Part II Catholic Challenges to Church Discipline African American Religion After King 6. Alternative Religious Worlds: 1967---1982 Space Travel Feminism and Ministry Feminist Theology New Religions, ``Cults,'' and Their Critics Asian Spirituality in American Dress 7. Evangelicals and Politics: 1976---1990 Jimmy Carter and the Evangelical Presidency The New Christian Right and the Reagan Campaign The Abortion Controversy Wives and Mothers 8. The Christian Quest for Justice and Wisdom: 1980---1995 The Antinuclear Movement Sanctuary Creationism and Evolution Christian Academies and Home Schooling 9. Profits, Profligates, and Prophets: 1987---1995 The Evangelical Scandals A Minister in the White House? American Islam 10. The New World Order: 1989---1999 End of the Cold War Religion and Violence Environmental Spirituality Megachurches 11. Fears, Threats, and Promises: 1990---2000 Homosexuality and Religion Promise Keepers Millennial Expectation 12. The New Millennium: 2001 Religion at Ground Zero Conclusion I hope this helps you, if not, I apologize, I tried. [0:)]
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