Americans Change Faiths at Rising Rate, Report Finds "...the group that had the greatest net gain was the unaffiliated. More than 16 percent of American adults say they are not part of any organized faith, which makes the unaffiliated the country’s fourth largest 'religious group.' ... 'Those losing out are offering impersonal religion and those winning are offering a smaller scale: mega-churches succeed not because they are mega but because they have smaller ministries inside.'"
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Sarkozy’s Passion Play “He told diplomats in Paris last month that the two most important challenges facing society in the 21st century are climate change and ‘the conditions of the return of the religious in most of our societies.’ Last month, he declared to his UMP Party and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel that it was ‘a mistake’ to withdraw the reference to ‘Europe's Christian roots’ from the European Constitution.” Newsweek
Alan Wolfe on Bush, Sarkozy and Secularism “Once we start talking about generic religion, as Sarkozy is doing, or as even [President] Bush in this country does—religion in general—there's much less of a danger to liberal democratic values. Because it's a generic religion, it lacks the content of a specific religion. It's almost as if it's saying that it doesn't matter what religion you have as long as you're religious. In a funny way, if a president like Sarkozy says we need religion to undergird the social order, they're actually denigrating specific religions. Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette would be shocked at this idea of a general religion [laughs]. To them religion was Catholicism. Catholicism would support the monarchy and undergird the social order, not some generic mish-mash that lacks theological content.” Newsweek