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Most Americans say they believe in God, and more than a third say they attend religious services every week. Yet studies show that people do not really go to church as often as they claim, and it is not always clear what they mean when they tell pollsters they believe in God or pray. American Religion presents the best and most up-to-date information about religious trends in the United States, in a succinct and accessible manner. Mark Chaves looks at trends in diversity, belief, involvement, congregational life, leadership, liberal Protestant decline, and polarization.
"Prothero sets up a helpful model for examining each religion on its own terms: he explores a problem that dominates the religion, the religion's solution to the problem, the technique the religion uses to move from problem to solution, and the exemplar who charts a path from problem to solution."--Publisher's Weekly
Prothero covers Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Yoruba religious diaspora.
"Features chapters on twenty-first-century America, Britain, Canada, and Australia. Ranging across the globe, contributors explain the sources and history of today's religious systems, from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam, to regional groups in Africa, China, and Japan."
"Unique in design, this excellent volume devotes a chapter each to Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and East Asia traditions (Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and some Buddhist schools); it begins with the contemporary scene and then backs up to study the formative, classical, modern, and postmodern periods."--CHOICE