We Americans Really are Different. Or are we?

Alan Wolfe in last month's Atlantic usedthis graphto demonstrate that the United States is easily the most religious of the most wealthy nations.But he also arguesthat Marx and Weber were not as wrong as we might now think, that secularism -- and certainly detachment from churches -- is growing in the United States and other once religious societies such as Spain, Ireland and South Korea. In this sense the U.S. becoming like Europe is more likely than the reverse.

John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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