Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous - download pdf or read online

By Robert Wuthnow

ISBN-10: 019025890X

ISBN-13: 9780190258900

this day, a billion-dollar-a-year polling floods the media with info. Pollsters let us know not just which political applicants will win, yet how we're training our religion. what number americans went to church final week? Have they been born back? Is Jesus as well known as Harry Potter? Polls let us know that forty percentage of usa citizens attend spiritual prone each one week. They convey that African american citizens aren't any extra spiritual than white americans, and that Jews are forsaking their faith in list numbers. based on best sociologist Robert Wuthnow, none of that's right. Pollsters say that attendance at spiritual prone has been consistent for many years. yet in the course of that point reaction premiums in polls have plummeted, robot "push ballot" calls have proliferated, and sampling has develop into tougher. The accuracy of political polling may be identified simply because elections truly ensue. yet there aren't any election effects to teach if the share of people that say they pray on a daily basis or attend providers a week is true. a wide majority of the general public doubts that polls might be depended on, and but evening after evening on television, polls specialists sum up the nation's conduct to an keen viewers of millions.

Inventing American faith offers a provocative new argument concerning the effect of polls in modern American society. Wuthnow contends that polls and surveys have shaped-and distorted-how faith is known and portrayed within the media and in addition through non secular leaders, practitioners, and students. He demands a powerful public dialogue approximately American faith that extends way past the knowledge supplied through polls and surveys, and indicates useful steps to facilitate this type of dialogue, together with adjustments in how the result of polls and surveys are presented.

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