American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us   -     By: Robert D. Putnam, David E. Campbell
Buy Item $27.00 Retail: $30.00 Save 10% ($3.00) Add To Cart
Add To Wishlist
Buy eBook Begin reading in seconds $12.28 eBook Details

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

Simon & Schuster / 2010 / Hardcover

$27.00 (CBD Price)
|
Retail: $30.00
|
Save 10% ($3.00)
Availability: Available to ship on or about 10/29/14.
CBD Stock No: WW566777

Current Promotions
* This product is not available for expedited shipping.

Product Description

American Grace is a major achievement, a groundbreaking and ultimatley surprising examination of religion in America.

Unique among nations, America is deeply religious, religiously diverse, and remarkably tolerant. But in recent decades the nation's religious landscape has been reshaped.American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites US is based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America. It includes a dozen in-depth profiles of diverse congregations across the country, which illuminate how the trends described by Putnam and Campbell affect the lives of real Americans.

The context for this book comes from the identification "three seismic shocks" in American religion by authors Robert Putnam and David Campbell. First, In the 1960s, religious observance plummeted. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, a conservative reaction produced the rapid and dramatic rise of evangelicalism, its accompanying subculture, and the often discussed Religious Right. Since the 1990s, however, young people, turned off by the linkage between faith and conservative politics, are abandoning their roots in organized religion. The result has been a growing polarization--the ranks of religious conservatives and secular liberals have swelled--leaving only a dwindling group of religious moderates in between.

Moreover, multiculturalism the much debated cultural concept has left its abstract roots and has become concretized in teh strengthening of personal interfaith ties, increased inter-faith and increasingly pliable and fluid religious identities. Putnam and Campbell show how this dense and complex web of personal ties and religious "shocks" have ushered in a surprising interfaith tolerance, even as the so-called the culture wars winddown from their heights.

Nearly every chapter of American Grace contains a surprise about American religious life.

Among them:

  • Between one-third and one-half of all American marriages are interfaith
  • Roughly one-third of Americans have switched religions at some point in their lives
  • Young people are more opposed to abortion than their parents but more accepting of gay marriage
  • Even fervently religious Americans believe that people of other faiths can go to heaven
  • Religious Americans are better neighbors than secular Americans: more generous with their time and treasure even for secular causes-but the explanation has less to do with faith than with their communities of faith
  • Jews are the most broadly popular religious group in America today.


American Grace promises to be the most important book in decades about American religious life and an essential book for understanding our nation today.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.14 X 6.18 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781416566717
Availability: Available to ship on or about 10/29/14.

Related Products

  1. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and  Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
    To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World
    James Davison Hunter
    Oxford University Press / 2010 / Hardcover
    $19.99 Retail: $27.95 Save 28% ($7.96)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW730802
  2. Christ and Culture Revisited
    Christ and Culture Revisited
    D.A. Carson
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Hardcover
    $17.99 Retail: $24.00 Save 25% ($6.01)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW831743
  3. Who Are the Christians in the Middle East? Second Edition
    Who Are the Christians in the Middle East? Second Edition
    Betty Jane Bailey, Martin Bailey
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $12.99 Retail: $20.00 Save 35% ($7.01)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW865953
  4. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams
    God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams
    David F. Wells
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1994 / Trade Paperback
    $15.99 Retail: $24.00 Save 33% ($8.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW41791

Publisher's Description

American Grace is a major achievement, a groundbreaking examination of religion in America.

Unique among nations, America is deeply religious, religiously diverse, and remarkably tolerant. But in recent decades the nation’s religious landscape has been reshaped.

America has experienced three seismic shocks, say Robert Putnam and David Campbell. In the 1960s, religious observance plummeted. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, a conservative reaction produced the rise of evangelicalism and the Religious Right. Since the 1990s, however, young people, turned off by that linkage between faith and conservative politics, have abandoned organized religion. The result has been a growing polarization—the ranks of religious conservatives and secular liberals have swelled, leaving a dwindling group of religious moderates in between. At the same time, personal interfaith ties are strengthening. Interfaith marriage has increased while religious identities have become more fluid. Putnam and Campbell show how this denser web of personal ties brings surprising interfaith tolerance, notwithstanding the so-called culture wars.

American Grace is based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America. It includes a dozen in-depth profiles of diverse congregations across the country, which illuminate how the trends described by Putnam and Campbell affect the lives of real Americans.

Nearly every chapter of American Grace contains a surprise about American religious life. Among them:

• Between one-third and one-half of all American marriages are interfaith;

• Roughly one-third of Americans have switched religions at some point in their lives;

• Young people are more opposed to abortion than their parents but more accepting of gay marriage;

• Even fervently religious Americans believe that people of other faiths can go to heaven;

• Religious Americans are better neighbors than secular Americans: more generous with their time and treasure even for secular causes—but the explanation has less to do with faith than with their communities of faith;

• Jews are the most broadly popular religious group in America today.


American Grace
promises to be the most important book in decades about American religious life and an essential book for understanding our nation today.

Author Bio

Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America. David E. Campbell is the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame as well as a research fellow with the Institute for Educational Initiatives. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, and his work has also appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.  He lives near South Bend, Indiana.

Publisher's Weekly

This massive book eschews the narrow, monographic approach to sociological study in favor of an older, more useful model: the sweeping chronicle of national change over time. Harvard professor Putnam (Bowling Alone) and his University of Notre Dame coauthor Campbell (Why We Vote) argue two apparently contradictory theses persuasively: first, that a "new religious fault line" exists in America, a deep political polarization that has transcended denominationalism as the greatest chasm in religious life; and second, that the culture (especially its younger generation) is becoming so much more accepting of diversity that thesis #1 will not tear America apart. The bulk of the book explores in detail cultural developments--the boom of evangelicals in the 1970s and 1980s, largely concluded in the early 1990s; the rise of feminism in the pews; the liberalization of attitudes about premarital sex and homosexuality, especially among the youngest generations; and what may prove to be the most seismic shift of all: the dramatic increase of "nones," or people claiming no institutional religious affiliation. Putnam and Campbell (with their researcher, Garrett) have done the public a great service in not only producing their own mammoth survey of American religion but also drawing from many prior statistical studies, enabling readers to track mostly gradual change over time. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

American Grace is a monumental work, an elegant narrative built on a solid foundation of massive research. This surprising, absolutely fascinating, and ultimately uplifting portrait of the changing role of religion in American life deserves the widest possible audience. It is a triumph.”

—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
“Religion is perhaps the most significant but little understood force in American life, and this new book goes a long way toward illuminating how faith affects our politics and our culture. Robert Putnam and David Campbell have produced an original and thought-provoking work.”

—Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
“Perhaps the most sweeping look yet at contemporary American religion.”

—Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
American Grace is an instant canonical text. It is indispensable for any grasp of our pluralistic religious culture. And it inspires us to deepen our ecumenical democracy!”

—Cornel West, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
“This remarkable book does to religion what the Kinsey Report did to sex: document , dissect and assess the role religion—broadly defined to include disbelief and uncertainty—plays in our national experience. Whether you are a fundamentalist or atheist (or anything in-between) this book matters, because religion matters.”

—Alan Dershowitz, author of The Genesis Of Justice and The Trials Of Zion
“In American Grace, Robert Putnam and David Campbell analyze survey data and congregational profiles to give us a comprehensive look at religion in our country, and reach conclusions that will provide much thought for reflection. For those interested in the role of religion in society, this is an important book to read. It will be the topic of much discussion.”

—Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and author of God's Politics and Rediscovering Values
“For anyone interested in the role of religion in America’s civic life, Robert Putnam and David Campbell’s American Grace is a must read. I am confident that their findings from rich case studies and sophisticated analysis of original national surveys will be of great value to academics, politicians, community organizers, religious and non-religious leaders, and American citizens who wonder about why and how religion continues to matter so much in American civic and private life.”

—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame
“This is the best overview of American religion in the last half century that I have ever read. If you care about American religion, you must read this book.”

—Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
“A big, multifaceted work. . . . Intellectually powerful.”

—Robert Wright, New York Times Book Review

Product Reviews

Be the first to write a review!

Ask Christianbook

Back
×

Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Availability

Availability: Available to ship on or about 10/29/14. You may order this item now and we will ship it to you when it arrives. If you are charging this purchase to a credit card, you will not be charged for this item and its portion of your shipping charges until it is shipped.

Send Me Email  Email me when this product is available.

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Search