Religion in a Free Market: Religious and Non-religious Americans : Who, What, Why, where

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Paramount Market Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Religion - 299 pages
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From the pulpits to the op-ed pages, several messages about religion in the U.S. are heard again and again: It's said that Americans are flocking to churches and other religious institutions in greater numbers than ever before. That non-Christian faiths are growing rapidly. And that a new religious fervor among the young is filling up the pews.All of these frequently heard messages are incorrect, according to an important new book, Religion in a Free Market, Religious and Non-Religious Americans: Who, What, Why, and Where. The book, by professors Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., is based on a major national survey which they conducted. The U.S. Census is prohibited from asking questions about religion, so this survey, the American Religious Identification Survey, contains the most complete and reliable source of data on religion in America today.Religion in a Free Market argues that religion in America can best be understood as a product on offer in the marketplace of ideas. It says that "religious ferment in America is as strong as it has ever been, so whatever you learned about religion in the U.S. a generation ago is out of date."The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2001 queried 50,000 American adults about their religious outlook and whether they believed in God, in miracles, and in a personal relationship with God. The survey also asked about their politics and collected their demographics, including marital status, number of children, household income, and state of residence. In addition, it asked about their use of media and whether they or anyone in their household was a member of a denomination. The results of the survey were weighted to represent the entire adult population.Whether you are a reporter, a political consultant, a marketer, a religious leader, or a social scientist, this comprehensive picture of the religious and non-religious in the United States will bring you up-to-date on religion in America and help you understand the important changes that are taking place.
  

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Contents

ONE American Religion Religious Brands and Markets
1
TWO The National Profile of Religious Identification
20
THREE Belief Belonging and Behavior
38
Chapter 3
40
Chapter 4
55
FOUR Religious Switching
56
Chapter 5
64
FIVE Who Are the Religious and NonReligious?
65
NINE Socioeconomic Rankings
149
Chapter 10
164
TEN Patterns of Consumption of Modern Technologies
165
TWELVE Membership Patterns among Specific
184
THIRTEEN Religion and Political Party Preference
206
Political Party Preferences
227
FOURTEEN Race and Ethnicity in Religious Identification
235
Religious Group
250

Single Never Married Males by Religious Tradition
81
SIX Household and Family Characteristics
89
Chapter 7
104
SEVEN Geographic Distribution of Religions
105
Chapter 8
135
EIGHT Gender and Socioeconomics
137
FIFTEEN Profile of the American Muslim Population
260
SIXTEEN Current and Future Trends
269
Methodological Appendix
287
Estimates of Survey Standard Errors
295
Index
296
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Barry A. Kosmin is research professor in public opolicy and law and founding director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Ariela Keysar, a demographer, is associate research professor in public policy and law and associate director of the Institute. She was the study director of the American Religious Identification Survey 2001.

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