Cultural Background and the Dominant American Culture

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Cultural Background and the Dominant American Culture
We are all, in our own way, the product of immigration and the product of ethnic or racial groups that have their origin somewhere else. This paper will describe some of the similarities and differences between the norms of this writer’s own cultural background and those of the dominant American culture. The paper will also highlight how the aforementioned similarities or differences affect this writer’s life and how the cultural background of which this writer is a part contributes to the mix that is the dominant American culture. Further, the paper will discuss how this writer learned about his own culture and whether or not he has developed a new culture as an adult. In the final...
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.....testants by born-again Christians, who now constitute 34% of the U.S. population. The "non-denominational Christian" category that populates U.S. megachurches has exploded from under 200,000 in 1990 to 2.5 million in 2001 to in excess of 8 million today.
When I remarked that this hardly looks like a picture of a post-Christian country, Silk, who edits a newsletter called "Religion and the News," agreed, but warned me not to be too hopeful about diverting this story midstream. "You can tell the truth," he said, "just don't expect anybody to pay attention."
Stephen Prothero is the chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- And Doesn't.
(c) USA TODAY, 2009