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Measuring Faith: Quantifying and Examining Religion's Contributions to American Society

September 22, 2016

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Religion was once viewed as an overwhelmingly positive force in American society. News cycles today, however, often focus on high profile cases of religion's alleged involvement in destructive activities, from clerical abuse to terrorism. Yet religion is an active force in the public, professional, and personal lives of many in the United States. Safeguards for religious freedom—including the First Amendment principles of having no established religion and protecting free religious practice in public and in private, for individuals and communities—have helped to produce a dynamic religious marketplace, including the right of each person to have a religion, change religions, or have no religion at all.
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