American Religion: Contemporary Trends

by Mark Chaves. Princeton University Press, 2017.


This resource summarizes survey findings to provide a broad overview of trends in American religion.


data from the General Social Survey and National Congregational Study

Recommended Audience

clergy and seminarian


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Evaluate if your congregation contains more or less diversity compared to other congregations and religions by looking at the diversity chapter of this resource.
  • Gain a better understanding of the scope of polarization by examining the data provided.

About the Contributor

Jan Goodyear

Jan Goodyear is a retired middle school language arts teacher. She retired after 33 years of teaching and has since educated herself on church transformation and applied that knowledge by consulting with churches on visioning, structure, leadership development, and Christian education. 

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