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Myths about American religion

October 29, 2007

Robert Wuthnow is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Wuthnow argues that some of the common notions about American religion are wrong and that the idea of a religious revival seems not to be supported by any data. These remarks were delivered by Wuthnow as part of a conference on “Religious Practice and Civic Life: What the Research Says”; below are his main points of Myths about American religion:

Myth #1: America is in the midst of a religious and spiritual awakening.

Myth #2: There is no secularization.

Myth #3: Politics is driving people from the church.

Myth #4: Membership in evangelical denominations is growing.

Myth #5: The culture war is over

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