Religion: Impressive Indices

Last week the Christian Herald issued its annual statistics of U. S. church membership, compiled by Dr. Herman Carl Weber, expert religious statistician. Total 1937-38 membership was 63,848,094, an increase of 754,138 adults. Of the total U. S. population, 49.9% were affiliated with a church, as compared to 19.9% in 1880. Biggest U. S. denomination: the Roman Catholic, with 21,322,688 members (15,492,016 over 13 years of age). Biggest Protestant groups: Baptists of all kinds (10,322,005); Methodists (9,109,359). Statistician Weber estimated that 20,000,000 people attend church on the Sabbath. Of his figures...

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