American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"This surprising, absolutely fascinating, and ultimately uplifting portrait of the changing role of religion in American life deserves the widest possible audience. It is a triumph." ---Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals
About the Author
David E. Campbell is the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including Why We Vote and A Matter of Faith. David lives near South Bend, Indiana.
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and the author or coauthor of more than ten books, including Bowling Alone and Better Together.
Dan John Miller has earned multiple Audie Award nominations, winning for The Wrecking Crew by Kent Hartman; has twice been named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine; and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards.
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* Between one third to one half of all marriages are interfaith;
* Young people are more opposed to abortion than their parents, but more accepting of same- sex marriage;
* Jews are the most broadly popular religious group in the USA today;
* Roughly one third of Americans have switched religions at some stage.
The findings affirm the importance of organized religion: more than 83% of Americans report that they belong to a specific religion; 59% report that they pray at least once a week and 40% report attendance at weekly services. At the same time, the traditional role of religion has been challenged by `the sexually libertine 1960s' which subsequently resulted in `a prudish aftershock of growth in conservative religion, especially evangelicalism, and an even more pronounced cultural presence for evangelicals, most noticeably in the political arena.' Professors Putnam and Campbell assert that this evangelical revival, which began to recede by the early 1990s was sparked more by deeply personal moral concerns than by hot-button political issues: `Abortion and same-sex marriage are the glue holding the coalition of the religious together.'
`How has America solved the puzzle of religious pluralism - the coexistence of religious diversity and devotion? And how has it done so in the wake of growing religious polarization?Read more ›
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