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How Americans view God

Americans have vastly different conceptions of the role that God plays in their lives, Baylor University sociologists Paul Froese and Christopher Bader write in their book “America’s Four Gods.” But there is a powerful force for civility at the core of nearly all Americans’ faith life: love.

Religious freedom in America

Americans prize religious freedom for their own beliefs but are less protective of the religious liberties of other groups. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of national attitudes and beliefs relating to the free exercise of religion.

Robert D. Putnam: America's grace

In his classic book, “Bowling Alone,” Robert D. Putnam chronicled the decline of social capital in the U.S. In his new book, “American Grace,” he examines religious institutions and Americans’ tolerance for religious diversity.

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