God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America

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Popular books by “New Atheists” dismiss religion as a delusional artifact of ancient superstitions. But should millions of Americans’ beliefs and behaviors be tossed aside that quickly?

No, says Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief. Religion is as powerful and influential as it’s ever been in America. In contrast to the views of the New Atheists, Newport argues that the significance of the persistent presence of religion in America isn’t mass ...

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Overview

Popular books by “New Atheists” dismiss religion as a delusional artifact of ancient superstitions. But should millions of Americans’ beliefs and behaviors be tossed aside that quickly?

No, says Frank Newport, Gallup Editor-in-Chief. Religion is as powerful and influential as it’s ever been in America. In contrast to the views of the New Atheists, Newport argues that the significance of the persistent presence of religion in America isn’t mass delusion but mass consequence.

God Is Alive and Well provides a new evidence-based perspective on Americans’ religious beliefs and practices, while offering heady, controversial predictions about religion’s future in the U.S. The book looks at religion in America from the important angles of age, gender, class, race, geographic region, and more. It dissects religion’s important relationship with politics and notes that Americans may increasingly recognize the mounting evidence that religion is good for their wellbeing and health.

Grounded in more than a million Gallup interviews, this book shows that not only do a majority of Americans believe in God and say that religion is important — but that religion is intertwined in most aspects of their daily lives. It’s entirely possible, Newport argues, that religion will be even more important in the years ahead.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595620620
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 496,274
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Newport, long-time Gallup Editor-in-Chief and one of the nation’s best known pollsters, has spent the major part of his working life studying public opinion — much of that public opinion about religion. Newport has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan and has taught and published on the sociology of religion. For the last 20 years, he has been monitoring religion in America based on Americans’ self-reports — including data from more than a million interviews Gallup has conducted on a nightly basis since 2008. Newport, past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, is author of Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People (Warner Books, 2004) and coauthor with Stuart Rothenberg of The Evangelical Voter. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Newport grew up in a staunch Southern Baptist tradition and spent five years at the world’s largest Baptist university. Newport’s father was a Southern Baptist theologian, author, and religious educator, as were Newport’s grandmother and grandfather. Although he is a neutral scientist who studies religion analytically, Newport’s background provides a valuable window into how religion works in the U.S.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    Good overview of where religion stands

    This book contains a good, thorough summary of who is religious and who isn't in the US, and possibilities for where US religion is headed in the next decades. With demographic changes in the US, the country could become more religious or less in the future.

    Interesting and thorough, but not groundbreaking.

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