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American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Simon & Schuster / 2012 / Paperback
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"Based on two of the largest and most comprehensive surveys ever conducted. An instant classic, which is as academically authoritative as it is brilliantly entertaining. And for those who pray that religion can do more to unite than divide over 300 million Americans, it is both a blueprint and a blessing,"---America. 673 pages, softcover.
Unique among nations, America is deeply religious, religiously diverse, and remarkably tolerant. In recent decades, however, the nations religious landscape has undergone several seismic shocks. American Grace is an authoritative, fascinating examination of what precipitated these changes and the role that religion plays in contemporary American society.
Although there is growing polarization between religious conservatives and secular liberals today, at the same time personal interfaith ties are strengthening. Interfaith marriage has increased, and religious identities have become more fluid. More people than ever are friendly with someone of a different faith or no faith at all. Putnam and Campbell show how this denser web of personal ties brings greater interfaith tolerance, despite the so-called culture wars.
Based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America (and with a new epilogue based on a third survey), American Grace is an indispensable book about American religious life, essential for understanding our nation today.
Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and founder of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America. He is the author or coauthor of ten previous books.
David E. Campbell is the John Cardinal OHara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame as well as the director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.
"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
—Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
—Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
—Cornel West, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
—Alan Dershowitz, author of The Genesis Of Justice and The Trials Of Zion
—Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and author of God's Politics and Rediscovering Values
—Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame
—Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
—Robert Wright, New York Times Book Review
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