Religion: The American Religion

America is a spiritual paradox: it is, at the same time, the most religious and the most secular nation in the world. From 1949 to 1953, U.S. distribution of the Scriptures jumped 140%. In a recent survey of religious attitudes, more than four-fifths of U.S. citizens said they believed the Bible was the "revealed word of God."

But another survey shows 53% unable to name even one of the Gospels. And a panel of 28 prominent Americans asked to rate the 100 most significant happenings in history, ranked Christ's crucifixion 4th (tied with the Wright brothers' flight and the discovery of X...

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