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In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change

Michele Dillon and Paul Wink


This book provides an unprecedented portrait of the dynamic role religion plays in the everyday experiences of Americans over the course of their lives. The book draws from a unique sixty-year-long study of close to 200 mostly Protestant and Catholic men and women who were born in the 1920s and interviewed in adolescence, and again in the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s, and late 1990s. Woven throughout with intimate life stories, the chapters present and analyze a wide range of data from this study on the participants' religious and spiritual journeys. A testament to the vibrancy of religion in the Unite ... More

Keywords: religion, everyday experiences, Protestant, Catholic, religious and spiritual journeys, cultural change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520249004
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Dillon, author

Paul Wink, author