American Religion: Contemporary Trends, Second Edition

Mark Chaves
Princeton University Press
2017

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. Chaves presents the best and most up-to-date information about religious trends in the United States, in a succinct and accessible manner.

Looking at trends in diversity, belief, involvement, congregational life, leadership, liberal Protestant decline, and polarization, this sourcebook provides essential information about key developments in American religion since 1972, and is the first major resource of its kind to appear in more than two decades.

American Religion: Contemporary Trends, Second Edition