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American Grace by Robert D. Putnam
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Jul 25, 2011

it was amazing
Read in July, 2011

Fascinating book about what religious people are thinking of themselves, of others, of other religions and of politics with lots of charts. Written by two authors, one of the authors is LDS and a professor at Notre Dame, thus the Mormon element is not ignored.
The thesis of the book, based upon what people are thinking and doing, is: 1) as a result of the liberal sixties, more people became very conservative and religious in the late 70s-90s and now many young people are turned off by the conservative swing and are swinging back. For example, many young people today are against abortion but are in favor of gay marriage. Hence the gay marriages in New York starting on Pioneer Day.
An interesting observation about the motivations/influences of Democrat and Republican Mormons are: "Democrat [Mormon] congregants tend to cite Christian values such as equality, compassion, and helping the poor as the source of their politics, while Republican [Mormon] generally point to principles of self-reliance and personal responsibility, as well as the 'moral issues' of abortion and homosexuality." p 368 Enjoy.
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