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FEB 15, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Understanding Why Americans Seem More Religious Than Other Western Powers

This article first appeared in Sacred Matters housed at Emory University. Many Western Europeans think of Americans as hopelessly, bafflingly, and dangerously, religious. Many Americans think of Western Europeans as distressingly, inexplicably, and unrelentingly, secular. In 2009, the German sociologist Hans Joas observed that “it is widely accepted that the United States is far more religious than practically any comparable European state.” And he noted Western European puzzlement: “The more secularized large parts of Europe became, the more exotic the religiosity of the United States ... Read More

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