AMERICAN NOTES: The Revival Spirit

In what seemed the frantic secularism of the '60s, God's obituary was regularly published. But even then, God was never in extremis. According to a Gallup poll, which was examined last week by both clerics and politicians. Americans today display an extraordinary degree of religious faith—the highest among industrialized nations in the world. An overwhelming 94% of Americans say they believe in God, and 69% believe in life after death. Meanwhile, other advanced nations—notably Japan, France, West Germany and the Scandinavian countries—are rapidly growing more skeptical.

Actually, the American levels of belief in God and afterlife have remained fairly constant since 1948....

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