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Realism on religion

Eric Kaufmann overlooks what people who call themselves "religious" actually do

By Alan Wolfe   November 2006

If you happen to believe that debates should be settled by reason rather than revelation, as I assume many Prospect readers do, you have nothing to fear from the demographic changes facing western society. Eric Kaufmann, like many demographers, talks about categories—in his case, the major category is “religion”—without ever specifying what those categories contain. The moment we look inside the box of religion, we get a very different picture of what is going on than the one Kaufmann presents.

Kaufmann cites the research of Michael Hout, Andrew Greeley and Melissa Wilde, which shows that conservative Protestant denominations are growing…

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