MacMillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends

Arthur Coterell, Author, Arthur Cotterell, Author, Editions, Editor MacMillan Publishing Company $24.95 (260p) ISBN 978-0-02-580181-3
This survey of trends in U.S. religious beliefs compiled by the Gallup Organization presents tables and graphs that delineate Americans in groups and as individuals, and a variety of tallied responses to support the pollsters' conclusion that ``despite a strong, typically Amerian independent streak, the degrees of religious orthodoxy found among Americans is simply amazing.'' Belief in God is expressed by large numbers; Catholics appear to have become more independent in interpretation of dogma; the educated tend to be analytical about religion. There is a wealth of material here that, although informative, is plodding to read and in the form presented is not likely to interest general readers. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
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