I just came across this perceptive comparison of the 1966 and 1996 Commentary Symposia on the State of Jewish Belief. Many people will find the comment banal. I was most taken by the fact that where rabbis predominated in the 1966, in 1996 there were more academics (even among the Orthodox). Is a new leadership model developing?
The Fragmented Faith of American Jews, by Clifford E. Librach, Copyright (c) 1997 First Things 70 (February 1997): 19-21.