Religion: Sorry Figures

If figures mean anything, organized religion in the U.S. has little to shout hallelujah about. The Twentieth Century Fund's monumental 3½-year study (America's Needs & Resources, published this week) adds a few sorry details to a sorry story that U.S. churchmen already know:

Membership. Church membership figures have always been computed in a way that would make a certified public accountant shudder: different denominations keep their records in different ways, and few churches agree on just who should be counted a church member. Listing only those 13 years or older, the overall muni ber of church members (Protestant, Catholic and Jewish) dropped...

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