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Author Kosmin, Barry A. (Barry Alexander)

Title Religion in a free market : religious and non-religious Americans : who, what, why, where / Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar.

Publication Info. Ithaca, NY : Paramount Market Pub., [2006]


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  200.973 K86R    Check Shelf
Description xx, 299 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Note "Analysis is based largely on ... the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) of 2001"--Page xv.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents American religion, religious brands, and markets -- The national profile of religious identification in the United States -- Belief, belonging, and behavior -- Religious switching -- Who are the religious and non-religious? -- Household and family characteristics -- Geographic distribution of religions -- Gender and socioeconomics -- Socioeconomic rankings -- Patterns of consumption of modern technologies -- Religious affiliation and recruitment -- Membership patterns among specific religious groups -- Religion and political party preference -- Race and ethnicity in religious identification -- Profile of the American Muslim population -- Current and future trends.
Summary From the pulpits to the op-ed pages, several messages about religion in the U.S. are heard again and again: It's said that Americans are flocking to churches and other religious institutions in greater numbers than ever before, that non-Christian faiths are growing rapidly, and that a new religious fervor among the young is filling up the pews. All of these frequently heard messages are incorrect, according to this book. The book, by professors Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., is based on a major national survey which they conducted. The U.S. Census is prohibited from asking questions about religion, so this survey, the American Religious Identification Survey, contains the most complete and reliable source of data on religion in America today. This book argues that religion in America can best be understood as a product on offer in the marketplace of ideas. It says that "religious ferment in America is as strong as it has ever been, so whatever you learned about religion in the U.S. a generation ago is out of date."
Subject United States -- Religion -- 21st century.
United States -- Religion -- 21st century -- Statistics.
United States -- Religious life and customs.
United States.
Added Author Keysar, Ariela, 1955-
Added Title American religious identification survey 2001.
ISBN 9780976697367
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