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Religion and the Intelligentsia

Religion and the Intelligentsia

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Presentation by Barry A. Kosmin; delivered in the 2010 meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Presentation by Barry A. Kosmin; delivered in the 2010 meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

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Religion and the Intelligentsia:Post-graduate Educated Americans1990-2008
Barry A. KosminTrinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
The New Class, the Knowledge Class, the ruling class, TheProfessional Classes plus many of the Creative Class -those whomake a living from control of knowledge or their credentialsThe privileged class that has grown and benefitted most fromeconomic and social change in recent decadesMost surveys & literature relates to academics & students not theenlarged or full elite population
How did this elite change in social composition during the culturewars?
How did its religious profile change?
How different is its religious involvement compared to nationalnorms?
What is its worldview today?
The Growth of the Highly Educated &Professional Elite 1990-2008
1990 -10 million adults = 6% (of 18+)2008 -18 million adults = 8%US adult population growth = 30%Elite growth = 80%
% aged 25+ with advanced degrees 2002
Men 10.4; women 8.2Employed persons 11.3whites 9.5; blacks 5.1; Hispanics 3.1Source CPS 2003

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73% of postgraduate educated Americans believe in a 'personal god' while 48% of them also believe in human evolution from earlier species of animals, according to this report. About 70% identified themselves as religious (only 1% clear atheists). If a personal god is like God of Abraham, I am not sure if this survey makes sense. Or contradictions are facts of (American) life. What do you think?
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