How Religion Divides and Unites US
Robert Putnam, a political scientist and professor at the Harvard University, was an excellent speaker. He gave us an amazing presentation and his topic was “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites US.” He provided some information to us in order to help us understand. Since I was a child, I liked watching America movies and knew God and Christ by these movies. I didn’t understand why America was so strong and Americans were so united all the time. Through Robert’s speech, I found that religion played an important role in the United States. He pointed out that church friends might be more important than other friends because they were very nice and friendly compared with others. They always tried to help their friends, even strangers. When I came here, I didn’t have friends but I need help. I clearly knew I can go to church for help. They were very serious about their religion. They attended religious services and contributed a lot of money to their religious congregations. They were so religious devout and also religiously tolerant. They can accept different faiths. In the United States, one third to one half of all marriages was interfaith marriages. This was surprising because it was so difficult to stay married to someone if you did not respect that person. These marriages were producing a powerful respect for other religions and that was good for them. I definitely thought that religion was very helpful to unit country. Robert also talked about how religion divided US. In the 1950s, Americans' religiosity was very high. However, in the 1960s, America went through a huge societal transformation. People liked to drink and smoke. Moreover, people became no longer conservative regarding sex. This was a period of great tumult as sexual mores in the country, in particular, changed. And as those sexual mores changed, religiosity in the United States began to fall. However, in the 1970s, some Americans looked out at the...
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