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Author Stark, Rodney.

Title What Americans really believe : new findings from the Baylor surveys of religion / Rodney Stark with Christopher Bader .. [and others]..

Publication Info. Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  200.973 S795W    Check Shelf
Description vii, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-208).
Contents Introduction : the stability and diversity of American faith -- Congregations. Church-going : labels matter ; Church growth : competing for members ; Strict churches : the reasons for their popularity ; The "scattered" church : traditional congregations are not going away ; Megachurches : supersizing the faith -- Beliefs and practices. Religious experiences : God told me to go to church ; Gender : women believe more, pray more ; Heaven : we are all going ; God : love, anger, and commitment ; Evil : did sin cause the hurricane? ; Spirituality : religion and spirituality are not mutually exclusive ; Giving : the rich, the poor, and the widow's mite ; Personality : are we hardwired for God? -- Atheism and irreligion. Atheism : the godless revolution that never happened ; Credulity : who believes in Bigfoot? ; New Age adherents : well-educated, formerly irreligious elites ; The irreligious : simply unchurched, not atheists -- The public square. Faith and politics : is there a secret plot of evangelicals to take over the American government? ; Merry Christmas, Jesus : it's okay to put sacred symbols in public space ; Incivility : talking about faith in public ; Religious-media consumption : the Da Vinci code effect ; Civil participation : faith as social capital ; Going to college, getting a job : what happens when mom and dad take their kids to church -- Epilogue : Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor.
Subject United States -- Religion -- 1960-
ISBN 9781602581784 paperback
1602581789 paperback
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