For September, we will be reading The Churching of America, 1776-2005: Winners and Losers in Our Religious Economy by Roger Finke and Rodney Stark. From Amazon:
Although many Americans assume that religious participation has declined in America, Finke and Stark present a different picture. In 1776, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans were active in church affairs. Today, church membership includes about 6 out of 10 people.
But, as Finke and Stark show, not all denominations benefited. They explain how and why the early nineteenth-century churches began their descent, while two newcomer sects, the Baptists and the Methodists, gained ground.
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