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My impression from American friends, including recent immigrants, is that people tend to seek out a congregation that they are comfortable with, without necessarily following family tradition or cultural heritage. And the result is that a high level of religious observance may well reflect people clubbing together socially by affinity, in a manner which society in general approves of.  From that point, people reinforce each other's beliefs and attitudes, liberal or conservative, rather than being influenced by their minister.

At the other end of the spectrum, the more zealous evangelicals are no doubt better at outreach, gathering up people who feel a need to belong, and brainwash them.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue May 26th, 2015 at 12:04:23 PM EST
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