Chaves Wins Christianity Today Book Award

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Christianity Today has awarded Book of the Year honors to American Religion: Contemporary Trends by Mark Chaves, professor of sociology, religion, and divinity at Duke. The book provides up-to-date information about religious trends in the U.S., exploring such questions as what Americans mean when they say they believe in God, what church attendance really looks like, and the religious and social implications for the decline of liberal Protestant denominations.

American Religion won the Christianity Today book award in the “Christianity and Culture” category. The judges noted, "Chaves explains commonly cited trends such as mainline decline and megachurch popularity, and offers new statistics that help Christians situate themselves in the larger religious marketplace." The book was published by Princeton University Press in 2011.