Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Religion in America: A marketplace of variety

Via Wren's Nest
Dr. J. Gordon Melton, the newest Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, talked Monday about major trends in American religion since the founding of the country.

He highlighted the continued prevalence of Christianity and described growth in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and the organized community of Unbelief.

"[Gordon]'s a legendary figure and an internationally acclaimed scholar... He's literally a giant in the field," said Dr. Byron Johnson, director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbra and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

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