Sunday, December 23, 2012

American Christianity and Secularism at a Crossroads - NYTimes.com

By Donald Sensing

American Christianity and Secularism at a Crossroads - NYTimes.com:

Not really a truly objective look at the history of Christianity in America, but a pretty good survey nonetheless.

Rates of church attendance have never been as sterling as the Christian Right’s fable of national decline suggests. Before the Civil War, regular attendance probably never exceeded 30 percent, rising to a high of 40 percent around 1965 and declining to under 30 percent in recent years — even as 77 percent still identify as Christians and 69 percent say they are “very” or “moderately” religious, according to a 2012 Gallup survey.
This is probably historically true. 

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