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U.S. Protestants Are Not Defined by Reformation-Era Controversies 500 Years Later


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Primary Researchers

Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Jessica Hamar Martínez, Senior Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate

 Research Team

Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Research Associate Claire Gecewicz, Research Analyst

Methodology Team               

Courtney Kennedy, Director, Survey Research Andrew Mercer, Senior Methodologist Nick Bertoni, Panel Manager Nicholas Hatley, Research Analyst Arnold Lau, Research Analyst Shaohua Dong, Research Intern

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Administrative Staff

Clara Huergo, Administrative Coordinator Audrey Powers, Administrative Coordinator

Others at Pew Research Center who gave valuable feedback on this report include Michael Dimock, president, and Claudia Deane, vice president of research.

Pew Research Center received valuable advice on all phases of this project from expert advisers: Luis Lugo, director of community initiatives at the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation and former director of religion research at Pew Research Center; the Rev. Thomas Reese, columnist for National Catholic Reporter; the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon, canon theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina; the Rev. Dr. Steffen Lösel, associate professor of systematic theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology; Thomas Albert Howard, professor of history and the humanities at Valparaiso University; Carlos M.N. Eire, professor of history and religious studies at Yale University; the Rev. John William Crossin, director of spiritual formation at Saint Luke Institute; Christopher J. Malloy, associate professor of theology at the University of Dallas; the Rev. Dr. Paul Hinlicky, professor of Lutheran studies at Roanoke College.

While the analysis for this report was guided by our consultation with the advisers, Pew Research Center is solely responsible for the interpretation and reporting of the data.

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