Essay about Analysis Of Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band

2128 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 9 Pages
After the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As one views statistics about participation in organized religion that I have brought to light, so as to show that religion had become an important part of early twentieth century American culture, one might believe that this participation is the only way to gauge America’s feelings towards religion. If this were the case, then post-Pepper’s America had not changed at all. In American Religion, Chavez references a study done through the years 1978-2008, that describes the percentages of Americans who regularly attend religious services on a weekly basis. From this data, He asserts, “Reasonable people can disagree about whether the big story here is that attendance has gone down or remained essentially stable. But attendance has not gone up. Any talk of increased religious participation in the United States in recent decades is baseless,” (Chavez 46-47). This can easily be seen as a very weak argument to the changing of religious climate in America. However, participation in religious organizations is not the only lens through which to determine this. Chavez continues to cite studies that document the public’s confidence in these organizations from 1973-2008. This data leads him to assert that, “Between 1973 and 2008, the number of people with a great deal of confidence in religious leaders declined from about 35 to under 25 percent,” (Chavez 76). This is even more interesting when accompanied with the decline in the…

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