Based on the theoretical predictions that the American faith tends to become less doctrinaire and more spiritual, this survey will analyze the opinions of church leaders and members in 15 churches, chosen from among 117 churches, in a mid-sized south-eastern American city. The selection has been based on their representativeness of the religious diversity in the town. The main thrust of the research will be opinions concerning three interrelated maters: the role and challenges of religion, relationships (of comity and cooperation) among churches, and views on the future of religiosity.
Future of Religion, Spirituality
Religious Commonalities and Differences
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Professor, Sociology, Texas Woman's University
Mahmoud Sadri is a professor of sociology at Texas Woman’s University and the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. His major interests include Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Culture, and Theoretical Sociology. He is the author of two books, 15 book chapters, and numerous articles in professional peer reviewed journals in the above fields. In addition to his English publications, Mahmoud Sadri frequently writes for Iranian reform newspapers and journals, and websites, and is interviewed by international news organizations such as, NPR, BBC, Radio France, and concerning developments in Iran, Islamic reform, and the Middle East.