Monday, June 23, 2008

US Religion Landscape Survey

Driving home from a meeting this afternoon, I heard about the latest Pew Forum Survey on NPR. After doing some yard work (my weekly "day off' chore), I sat down to take a closer look at it. It is quite interesting.

Some of you may have already looked it over, as The Lead already has a story up about it (that team over there is fast!). Even though it may now be redundant, here's a few items from the survey that I found particularly fascinating:

92% of Americans believe in some concept of God.

70% of Americans believe that many religions can lead to eternal life (83% of the members of all mainline churches believe this).

68% of all Americans believe there is more than one way to interpret the teachings of their religion (82% of the members of mainline churches).

33% believe their sacred texts are the Word of God, to be taken literally, word for word; 30% believe they are the Word of God, but not to be read literally; and 28% believe they are written by men, and are not the Word of God.

Go see what you can find in this survey.


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