What Americans think about religion is expertly analyzed in Religion and the American People. Father Thomas, a noted sociologist, worked with an independent research agency to produce the basic material for his study. Almost three thousand interviews were conducted with American adults to determine the role that religion plays in their lives. Among the topics discussed were early religious training, beliefs about God and the Bible, participation in religious services, the functions of the Church and attitudes toward people with different religious convictions. The book is undoubtedly a real measure of what men in the United States did feel about religion when this survey was done. The changes of mood and tempo stemming directly from Pope John in recent months are shown in the breaking down of barriers and animosities, the clarification of misunderstandings between different faiths, and a fresh set of interviews would probably support this. Nevertheless, this book has its place in aiding towards understanding of the religious belief of the American people.