Surveying the Religious Landscape: Trends in U. S. Beliefs

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These surveys will appeal to those who track religion professionally, but they will also be of interest to clergy, church members, and others interested in the spiritual landscape of today. A wide variety of beliefs and practices are surveyed including: belief in God, attendance at church or synagogue, religious beliefs of today's teenagers, views about the interaction between politics and religion, life after death, questions of ethics, and others. Surveys address the differences in beliefs among those of ...
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Overview

These surveys will appeal to those who track religion professionally, but they will also be of interest to clergy, church members, and others interested in the spiritual landscape of today. A wide variety of beliefs and practices are surveyed including: belief in God, attendance at church or synagogue, religious beliefs of today's teenagers, views about the interaction between politics and religion, life after death, questions of ethics, and others. Surveys address the differences in beliefs among those of various faith perspectives, races, age groups, genders, and those in varying geographic locations.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalists, students and clergy will appreciate this handy book, which updates the Gallup Organization's published information on trends in American religion. The book is particularly valuable in that the organization has asked the same basic questions for nearly six decades, making it possible to track changes over time. Yet that plodding systematization is also the book's greatest flaw. It may simply be out of date, for example, to discern Americans' religiosity by asking if they have attended church or synagogue in the past week. Religion has seeped into a less tangible enigma called "spirituality"--Americans who don't attend services may light Sabbath candles at home, read Tarot cards or ravage the personal growth section of their local Barnes & Noble. Spirituality is difficult to track, but Gallup may not be asking the correct kinds of questions to gauge this transformation. Also, the tripartite Catholic/Protestant/Jew division of many of the questions may need to be revised to reflect the increasing diversity of the American religious scene. Even so, this book does very well within its own parameters, revealing a fascinating pastiche of American beliefs and values. Gallup highlights "the era of customization," in which Americans feel free to select beliefs and practices from a veritable smorgasbord of choices. He also notes a "superficiality of faith" in contemporary America. People may profess to be more religious--or rather, spiritual--than ever, but Gallup claims it rarely alters their behavior or ethics. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780819217967
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/2/1900
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    'A must read,' says the Dallas Morning News

    Surveying the Religious Landscape is a newly published treasure trove gleaned from some 70 years of scientific polling. Chock full of tables on everything from belief in reincarnation to biblical trivia, it is a must-read for anyone interested in religious trends.

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