In "God" We Trusted
D. Eric Schansberg on America's 1950s Religion & Hope for Today
The title of Will Herberg's classic 1955 book, Protestant, Catholic, Jew, is odd, memorable, and descriptive. It lists the three dominant religious groups in 1950s America, because Herberg saw them as "ways of belonging" for Americans in that decade. There was immense religiosity in the country at that time—almost everyone was a believer of some sort—but Herberg is at pains to show that the widespread religious "belonging" was often accompanied by a relatively light sense . . .