The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change in the United States1

  title={The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change in the United States1},
  author={Michael Hout and Andrew M. Greeley and Melissa J. Wilde},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={468 - 500}
U.S. Protestants are less likely to belong to “mainline” denominations and more likely to belong to “conservative” ones than used to be the case. Evidence from the General Social Survey indicates that higher fertility and earlier childbearing among women from conservative denominations explains 76% of the observed trend for cohorts born between 1903 and 1973: conservative denominations have grown their own. Mainline decline would have slowed in recent cohorts, but a drop‐off in conversions from… 

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