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God is in the Details: Reflections on Religion's Public Presence in the United States in the Mid-1990s*

Wade Clark Roof

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 57, issue 2, pages 149-162
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 1069-4404
e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3711947
God is in the Details: Reflections on Religion's Public Presence in the United States in the Mid-1990s*

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This paper explores the current religious mood in the United States and reflects upon its manifestations in the mid-1990s. It is argued that the religious mood has shifted — away from the cognitive and fixed beliefs and toward the experiential and expressive. It is further argued that given this change it is difficult to assess the current religious situation, especially given sociology-of-religion's reliance upon institutional categories and empirical indicators. Religious capital, like social capital, is not easily gauged without attention to new forms of community allowing individuals opportunity to express themselves as whole persons. A plea is made for a sociology of religion more attuned to body, mind, and self and thus to the dynamic and experiential qualities of religion.

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