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Social Trends in American LifeFindings from the General Social Survey since 1972$
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Peter V. Marsden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133317

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133317.001.0001

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Continuity and Change in American Religion, 1972–2008

Continuity and Change in American Religion, 1972–2008

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(p.212) 8 Continuity and Change in American Religion, 1972–2008
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Social Trends in American Life
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Mark Chaves

Shawna Anderson

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691133317.003.0008

This chapter describes eight trends evident in the General Social Survey (GSS) between 1972 and 2008: (i) increased religious diversity; (ii) increased affiliation among Protestants with conservative and evangelical denominations; (iii) softening involvement with congregations; (iv) reduced belief in an inerrant Bible; (v) reduced confidence in the leaders of religious organizations; (vi) reduced tolerance of certain kinds of religious involvement in the public sphere; (vii) a tighter connection between religious service attendance and political, social, and religious conservatism; and (viii) the somewhat higher levels of diffusely spiritual attitudes. Some trends are indicated by a single repeated GSS item while others represent interpretations of a set of similarly trending items.

Keywords:   General Social Survey, social trends, religious diversity, Protestants, religious affiliation, religious organizations, conservatism, religion

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