There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men,'' Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of the U.S. in 1835. The same could be said of American men--and women--in 1995. In one of the most faith-drenched of all nations, the citizenry contributes $57 billion a year to religion, plus untold hours of volunteer labor. Four out of 10 adults regularly tell Gallup they attended worship in the past week--and even if that count is inflated by good intentions, it still vastly surpasses weekly professional-sports attendance. An overwhelming 95% of Americans profess belief...

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