By Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell
“American Grace is an speedy canonical textual content. it truly is imperative for any snatch of our pluralistic non secular tradition. And it conjures up us to deepen our ecumenical democracy!”
—Cornel West, middle for African American experiences, Princeton University
Unique between international locations, the US is deeply spiritual, religiously diversified, and remarkably tolerant. In fresh many years, notwithstanding, the nation’s spiritual panorama has gone through numerous seismic shocks. American Grace is an authoritative, attention-grabbing exam of what caused those adjustments and the position that faith performs in modern American society.
Although there's growing to be polarization among spiritual conservatives and secular liberals this day, even as own interfaith ties are strengthening. Interfaith marriage has elevated, and spiritual identities became extra fluid. extra humans than ever are pleasant with somebody of a distinct religion or no religion in any respect. Putnam and Campbell express how this denser internet of non-public ties brings larger interfaith tolerance, regardless of the so-called tradition wars.
Based on of the main accomplished surveys ever performed on faith and public existence in the USA (and with a brand new epilogue according to a 3rd survey), American Grace is an essential e-book approximately American spiritual existence, crucial for realizing our state today.
“American Grace is a enormous paintings, a chic narrative equipped on an excellent origin of huge examine. This awesome, totally attention-grabbing, and eventually uplifting portrait of the altering function of faith in American lifestyles merits the widest attainable viewers. it's a triumph.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of crew of opponents: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
“Religion is likely to be the main major yet little understood strength in American existence, and this new publication is going a ways towards illuminating how religion impacts our politics and our tradition. Robert Putnam and David Campbell have produced an unique and thought-provoking work.”
—Jon Meacham, writer of yank Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
“Perhaps the main sweeping glance but at modern American religion.”
—Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
“This outstanding publication does to faith what the Kinsey record did to intercourse: rfile , dissect and examine the position religion—broadly outlined to incorporate disbelief and uncertainty—plays in our nationwide adventure. no matter if you're a fundamentalist or atheist (or whatever in-between) this publication concerns, simply because faith matters.”
—Alan Dershowitz, writer of The Genesis Of Justice and the rigors Of Zion
“In American Grace, Robert Putnam and David Campbell learn survey information and congregational profiles to provide us a finished examine faith in our nation, and succeed in conclusions that would supply a lot notion for mirrored image. For these attracted to the position of faith in society, this is often an incredible e-book to learn. will probably be the subject of a lot discussion.”
—Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and writer of God's Politics and Rediscovering Values
“For an individual drawn to the position of faith in America’s civic existence, Robert Putnam and David Campbell’s American Grace is a needs to learn. i'm convinced that their findings from wealthy case reports and complex research of unique nationwide surveys might be of serious price to lecturers, politicians, group organizers, spiritual and non-religious leaders, and americans who ask yourself approximately why and the way faith maintains to subject a lot in American civic and personal life.”
—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the collage of Notre Dame
“This is the easiest evaluate of yankee faith within the final part century that i've got ever learn. for those who care approximately American faith, you want to learn this book.”
—Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
“A enormous, multifaceted paintings. . . . Intellectually powerful.”
—Robert Wright, long island instances booklet assessment
About the Author
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public coverage at Harvard collage and founding father of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in the United States. he's the writer or coauthor of ten prior books.
David E. Campbell is the toilet Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. affiliate Professor of Political technology on the college of Notre Dame in addition to the director of the Rooney middle for the learn of yankee Democracy.
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Those that contribute more to the common thread holding them all together—in this case, religiosity—receive more weight. 25) Since the nature of what it means to be religious is inevitably fraught with ambiguity and controversy, it is important to keep a few things in mind about this method of measuring religiosity. First, some readers may wonder whether, say, frequency of attendance at worship services (a public activity) really taps into the same concept as frequency of prayer (often done in private), and whether these two types of behaving really align with measures of belief like the existence of God.
How is it that America has arrived at a historically anomalous point, in which religious devotion has largely replaced religious denomination as a salient political dividing line? And where might the nation’s politics be headed? Again, the section begins with vignettes, in this case of three congregations where politics plays out in very different ways. One is a conservative evangelical megachurch in Minneapolis, where religion and partisan politics are sometimes mixed overtly. Another is a synagogue in suburban Chicago, where liberal political views are widely shared and discussed, even if partisan politicking is rare.
Some of our findings will irk the deeply religious reader, while others will disconcert the deeply secular. Each side in the so-called culture wars is likely to be offended by something we say. We Americans genuinely differ on religious matters, but mutual misperceptions have added confusion to the national conversation. For example, we shall see that most secular Americans are more sympathetic to religious values than most religious Americans realize. Meanwhile, most religious Americans are more tolerant of their adversaries and more supportive of the constitutional separation of church and state than most secular Americans fear.