American Religion and Diversity

Religion and Theology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at religion in modern America, how the environment for religion has changed and the role religion plays in daily life.

This paper looks at the diversity of religions in America. It discusses problems such as the challenge of large groups to maintain a communal social focus with encountering natural differences and factions that will come from geographical and regional diversity. The methods religious groups use to retain and expand their faithful ‘flocks’ are looked at, and the effect of improved communications on religion is discussed also.
“The United States is one of the most religious countries on earth and has been for many years. Many of the people who originally came during the first years of colonization were those who held beliefs which were different from the prevailing or government-approved religions in their home countries and endured the privation and isolation of establishing new homes in a wilderness area primarily to escape religious persecution. At least in principle, the United States espouses freedom of religion, going so far as to constitutionally provide for separation of church and state, to prevent either the undue influence of religious factions into what should be unbiased legislative workings, or government influence assisting or impeding the freedom of the individual to worship as s/he pleases.
What has changed are the environment in which religion is practiced, a trend in the last few decades toward recognition of marginalized or “other voices,” and the role that religion plays in the lives of Americans faced with increasing choices in their daily lives.”


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