Religion: On the Surface

More than half the population of the U.S., about 77 million out of an estimated 148 million, are enrolled church members. In the 1949 edition of the Yearbook of American Churches, published last week, the Federal Council of Churches calls this the biggest such proportion in U.S. history. But Council Secretary Dr. Samuel Cavert ruefully notes that only 30% of the total membership—i.e., 30% of the 46,000,000 enrolled Protestants, 25,000,000 Catholics, 5,000,000 Jews, 1,000,000 Eastern Orthodox—go to church with any regularity. "On the surface, at least," says he dryly, "the U.S. appears to...

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