The New York Times has a brief article posted by Charles M. Blow titled “Why Is America So Religious?” It takes a look at faith in America and provides some nice data contrasting religious practice with other countries. Here is the heart of his claim:

The chart shows that the wealthier a country is, the less important religion is to that country. The one exception: The United States.

This perspective fits with traditional sociology of religion analyses based on a secularization model. In recent years, however, sociologists of religion have begun to speak of European exceptionalism, arguing that the trend toward more secular lifestyles there is the exception globally (as opposed to U.S. being the exception with its continued significance of faith).

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