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American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 5, 2010
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The authors did very substantial research, over a period of years. It was painstaking, and brutally honest. They approach this project the way you would do a massive pharmaceutical drug research study. They did not inflict their own belief systems on what they found. There has been no study like this, anywhere approaching this effort in more than 50 years. At the same time, they made the book highly readable which for a research study is more than surprising.
If I had to compare this study to anything comparable, it would be the Master's and Johnson study on sexual practices in America published many decades ago. That study revolutionized our thinking about sexual mores in this country, and this study will do the same thing for religion. You do not have to follow this book in sequence. Go into the table of contents, find a chapter that interests you and you will be able to go into whatever depth you like. Read a few pages or read the whole chapter, just be prepared to realize that what we think is not necessarily what the rest of us are thinking, and believing.
Here are a few concepts straight out of the book that should pique your interest in reading more.Read more ›
The authors examine the role of religion by ethnicity, gender, denomination, and race. They ask how the womens revolution has impacted religion. They examine religion and social class. Most of all they devote a chapter to "Religion in American Politics" to bring out how the current period seems to have divided Republicans from Democrats. Yet over the long run, that is since the fifties, religious adherence has varied greatly.
The authors also examine religion and civic virtues. Interestingly they find, - and of course document, - that religious Americans are more generous, more civically active, more trusting and trustworthy, in short, better neighbors.Read more ›
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If your interested in the dynamics of American culture, particularly it's religious aspects and related political behavior, I think this book would be for you. Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. Garing
Carefully researched. Perhaps a bit too many graphs and charts. I believe he makes his case.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Robert Putnam has written some fine books and articles. This book has a great deal of information but not much of it is surprising or very interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by doug korty
Fantastic. Wonderful. Superb and very clear analysis of religion in America post WWII.Published 5 months ago by Michelle Cohen
Very interesting book that gives evidence to changes in Christianity I'd seen over the years. But with statistics, ties to recent events of history, and a theoretical framework it... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim
Bought this for a sociology of religions class. It's a little complicated. It seemed a little overly analytical. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christina Amezquita
This is a book that more of us should read. I believe the new direction of communities of faith has to be for mutual understanding of our ways of looking at God.Published 11 months ago by Barbara Scott