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Religious Right's Effect on Church Attendence in America

In this weeks Newsweek article on the state of American spirituality, I thought this was particularly interesting:

It's the percentage in change in American church attendence that the "rise of the religious right" has effected -- looking at today vs 1966. Which would be zero:


"Whatever is going on here, it's not an explosion of people going to church. The great public manifestations of religiosity in America today—the megachurches seating 8,000 worshipers at one service, the emergence of evangelical preachers as political power brokers—haven't been reflected in increased attendance at services. Of 1,004 respondents to the NEWSWEEK/Beliefnet Poll, 45 percent said they attend worship services weekly, virtually identical to the figure (44 percent) in a Gallup poll cited by Time in 1966. Then as now, however, there is probably a fair amount of wishful thinking in those figures; researchers who have done actual head counts in churches think the figure is probably more like 20 percent."
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9/05/2005 12:11:00 PM

And how many of those church goers are Mormons or some other cult that orthodox Christians wouldn't identify with, even though Bush rushes to them because they are (1) white, and (2) /Republican.    



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