Religion: In the Black

Church membership in the U.S., steadily growing since the latter half of the 19th Century, is still on the rise. This week the nondenominational Christian Herald, most authoritative voice on current U.S. Protestant church membership, released its figures for 1948* and gave churchmen statistical proof of the fact.

The overall gain in U.S. church membership last year was 2,190,164, or 2.8% —more than equaling the estimated 1.7% population gain. This represents a total of 79,576,352 members, or 53.3% of the total population, the largest proportion of U.S. citizens ever yet recorded as church...

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