America’s religious market

Americans increasingly believe that people should invest themselves in a church, any church, but should do so freely and only for so long as it satisfies a personal spiritual quest.
Americans increasingly believe that people should invest themselves in a church, any church, but should do so freely and only for so long as it satisfies a personal spiritual quest.
Americans increasingly believe that people should invest themselves in a church, any church, but should do so freely and only for so long as it satisfies a personal spiritual quest.

[THE BERKELEY BLOG]

America has long been the most religious of the affluent, western nations, having the most professing and practicing population. (A couple of the nearly 100% Catholic countries are close, but only Canada otherwise.) Explaining this aspect of American exceptionalism has preoccupied many scholars of religion. Part of the answer is that since the early 1800s the United States has had no established religion and has had instead a free “marketplace” of religion. Suppliers – that is, churches and ministers – emerged to meet nearly every religious “taste” people might have.

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