The Hedgehog Review is running an interview with Robert Putnam and David E. Campbell, authors of American Grace: How Religion Divides and United Us. (I picked up a copy at a Borders Books going-out-of-business sale, but have not read it yet).
Here a few things I culled from the inteview:
- Americans “overwhelmingly believe that people of other religions can go to heaven.” Even evangelical Protestants believe this.
- Most American believe that truth can be found in all religions.
- People make choices to attend church or not to attend church based on their political convictions.
- People who are religious are more engaged in their communities.
- More religious diversity is on the horizon.
- One-third of all Americans are “worshipping in a faith tradition other than the one that they were raised in.”
- There has been a “sharp increase” in interfaith marriages.
- Denominational borders have broken down.
- There are a growing number of “nones”–young people who have no religious affiliation, but want a spiritual life.
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