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What Americans Really Believe
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A shocking snapshot of the most current impulses in American religion. Rodney Stark reports the surprising findings of the 2007 Baylor Surveys of Religion, a follow up to the 2005 survey revealing most Americans believe in God or a higher power. This new volume highlights even more hot-button issues of religious life in our country. A must-read for anyone interested in Americans' religious beliefs and practices.

Table of Contents

  1. Stark front
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  1. Front matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Introduction: The Stability and Diversity of American Faith
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part 1 CONGREGATIONS
  2. p. 15
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  1. 1. Church-Going: Labels Matter
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 2. Church Growth: Competing for Members
  2. pp. 21-28
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  1. 3. Strict Churches: The Reasons for Their Popularity
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. 4. The "Scattered" Church: Traditional Congregations Are Not Going Away
  2. pp. 37-44
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  1. 5. Megachurches: Supersizing the Faith
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. Part II Beliefs and Practices
  2. p. 53
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  1. 6 Religious Experiences: God Told Me to Go to Church
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. 7. Gender: Women: Believe More, Pray More
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 8 Heaven: We Are All Going
  2. pp. 69-74
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  1. 9 God: Love, Anger, and Commitment
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. 10 Evil: Did Sin Cause the Hurricane?
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. 11 Spirituality: Religion and Spirituality Are Not Mutually Exclusive
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. 12 Giving: The Rich, the Poor, and the Widow’s Mite
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 13 Personality: Are We Hardwired for God?
  2. pp. 101-112
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  1. Part III Atheism and Irreligion
  2. p. 113
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  1. 14 Atheism: The Godless Revolution That Never Happened
  2. pp. 115-124
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  1. 15 Credulity: Who Believes in Bigfoot?
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. 16 New Age Adherents: Well-Educated, Formerly Irreligious Elites
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. 17 The Irreligious: Simply Unchurched—Not Atheists
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. Part IV The Public Square
  2. p. 147
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  1. 18 Faith and Politics: Is There a Secret Plot of Evangelicals to Take Over the American Government?
  2. pp. 149-158
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  1. 19 Merry Christmas, Jesus: It’s Okay to Put Sacred Symbols in Public Space
  2. pp. 159-162
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  1. 20 Incivility: Talking about Faith in Public
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. 21 Religious-Media Consumption: The Da Vinci Code Effect
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. 22 Civic Participation: Faith as Social Capital
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. 23 Going to College, Getting a Job: What Happens When Mom and Dad Take Their Kids to Church
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Epilogue: Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) at Baylor
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 209
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  1. Stark back
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