american religion

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Belief without Borders, by Linda A. Mercadante

Spring books

Linda A. Mercadante’s study counters those who suggest that the rise of the religiously unaffiliated is tantamount to secularization.

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Religion in decline?

Readers familiar with Ross Douthat's column might expect his new book to be moderately conservative and carefully nuanced. It is neither.

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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History, edited by Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum

Spring books

There are probably few reference books that vacationers will drag down to the beach this summer. And though I make a living in academia, there aren’t many works of reference that I want to read from cover to cover. I love history because I love stories, storytelling and engrossing narratives—not because I’m taken with the facts, figures and dates that populate reference books.

Features

Crunching the numbers

The Census Bureau avoids collecting data about religion. So most of what we know is based on what people reveal to independent researchers.

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World Christianity & American religion

Take & read

An annotated list of top new titles.

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Many faiths, many stories

Religion in American Life series, edited by Jon Butler and Harry S. Stout (Oxford University Press)

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Religion unsegregated

Education, Religion and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion's Role in Our Shared Life, by Martin E. Marty with Jonathan Moore