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The religious are better citizens

People of faith are better citizens and better neighbors, and America is “amazingly” religious compared to other countries, said Harvard University professor Robert Putnam.

However, young Americans are “vastly more secular” than their older counterparts, he said.

A political scientist, Putnam wrote Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, chronicling declining participation in American civic life.


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