Andrew M. Greeley, professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, reports that stability rather than change has characterized Protestant and Catholic belief and practice from 1940 to 1985. Similar to the findings of Theodore Caplow and his colleagues in their 1983 study of religion in Middletown (Muncie, Indiana), his conclusions are based on analysis of surveys conducted by Gallup, the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. There are chapters on religious doctrine, denominations, devotions, financial contributions, social status and political affiliation, and social and sexual attituders. In the most interesting chapter, Greeley suggests the development of a new set of religious indicators to assess religious imagination images of God, human nature, and life after death.
Religious Change in America
A scholarly work reporting on the stability that has characterized Protestant and Catholic belief and practice from 1940 to 1985.