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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 of religious meaning. In other words, he documents a "yes, but" attitude on the part of most Americans with respect to religious membership, belief, and practice, and he seeks reasons for . . .

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D. Eric Schansberg Professor of Economics at Indiana University (Southeast) and the co-author with Kurt Sauder of Enough Horses in the Barn: Thoroughly Equipped Disciple-Makers and the Ministry of Jesus (Further Still Ministries, 2017) and of a 21-month discipleship curriculum, Thoroughly Equipped.


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