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Dave Miller, Ph.D.
T
he polling data grows more dismal
every year. Polls from 2009 and 2010
now show that only 39% of Ameri-
cans say they attend worship at least once a
week (“How Religious...,” 2009; cf. Newport,
2010). That means that the majority of Amer-
icans no longer attend church of any kind.
It is hard to believe that the nation could
shift from a time when the vast majority of
Americans attended church on Sundays for
Christian
(not Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist)
worship, to a time when most Americans do
not attend worship. It is hard even to imagine
a time when the “Blue Laws” were in effect—
laws that encouraged church attendance by
prohibiting commercial activity on Sundays,
and were endemic to American culture from
the colonial period forward. Yet, here we
are, with Americans growing increasingly
irreligious, drifting further and further from
Christian morality and civility.
The Founders of the American Republic
stated explicitly that the promotion of the
Christian religion in America is necessary
for the preservation of the country and the
civil institutions of the government. For
CHURCH ATTENDANCE
AND THE SURVIVAL OF THE
Republic
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