Why do so many Americans persist in going to church while some many Europeans cannot be bothered with it. Western Europe and America have a similar standard of living, are equally committed to freedom and democracy and science. Why then is church attendance so high in America? About 50% of Americans regularly attend church (at least once a week) whereas the figure for Sweden is 3%. Church is almost irrelevant in many European countries. Perhaps it is no longer about God for many American churchgoers but a desire for community.