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Immigrant FaithPatterns of Immigrant Religion in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe$
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Phillip Connor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479853908

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479853908.001.0001

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Changing Faith

Changing Faith

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Immigrant Faith

Phillip Connor

NYU Press

This chapter examines the changing contours of immigrant religion from home to new society, and in particular how moving changes an immigrant's faith. It considers whether immigrants with no religion become religious and those with religion become more religious after migration. It also explores the religious patterns adopted by immigrants in their daily lives once the initial years of settlement are over, whether immigrants switch religions from one world religion to a completely different world religion, and whether some immigrants drop their religion altogether and become atheist or agnostic. Finally, it discusses the impact of being a minority versus a majority religion in the new society. The chapter shows that immigrant faith is constantly evolving, along with everything else in an immigrant's life, from relationships and career to health and citizenship.

Keywords:   immigrant religion, immigrants, migration, world religion, immigrant faith

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