From Library Journal
$25. rel In a study funded by the Lilly Endowment, Wuthnow (sociology, Princeton) provides a careful analysis of the heritage of American religious life, the forces influencing it since World War II, and church-state relations. The influence of the courts and other policy-setting bodies on religious life are investigated, not only with regard to such "moral" issues as abortion, pornography, and homosexuality but wider issues: the media, the rise of prominent special interest groups, the decreasing importance of denominationalism, and the increase in higher education and technology. Wuthnow finds a liberal/conservative split so pervasive that it is creating two civic religions. A thoughtful study recommended for most libraries. Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
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