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An Overview of American Mainline Protestantism

For decades, Mainline Protestant pastors and institutions shaped the educational, social and cultural life of the United States. But a variety of demographic changes have led to the decline of Mainline Protestant influence in the second half of the 20th century, and increased the religious diversity of the American population. A nine-part study of Mainline Protestantism, archived on the website of Resources for American Christianity, provides an introduction into the dynamics of religious adherence in the U.S. and Canada, and helps develop a new understanding of the role Mainline Protestant churches can play in contemporary culture. Download the 30-page study guide, recommended readings and resources free.




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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010


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