Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

From the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey:

A major survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that most Americans have a non-dogmatic approach to faith. A majority of those who are affiliated with a religion, for instance, do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. And almost the same number believes that there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their religion.

Pew Forum | Religious Landscape Survey | Religion in America: Non-Dogmatic, Diverse and Politically Relevant

Here is another chart from the same report showing the major religious traditions in the United States:

Pew Forum | Religious Landscape Survey | Major Religious Traditions in the U.S.

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  1. Joe Elliott says:

    A very thought provoking survey. No wonder we have the chaos in our postchristian culture today. Interestingly, the Int SS lesson this week is using Heb 13 where vs 8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. The next verse says be not carried about with various and strange doctrines. As a SS teacher in an evangelical church, my goal is to guide my students into an understanding of the Word. The survey reveals a great ignorance about what the Bible has to say.

  2. Tom says:

    The news is worse locally in Mass. From the Globe article…
    “The study sheds light on regional differences in religious beliefs and practices, and finds that New Englanders are the least likely to say they are religious. Massachusetts lags behind the nation — often near the bottom of all states — in the percentage of its residents who say they are certain that God exists, that they believe the word of God is literally true, that religion is very important in their lives, or that they attend worship weekly or pray daily.”

    I guess we are IN the mission field… Massachusetts.

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    Joe – I agree. It is amazing and sad that so many people who claim to believe the Bible have such little understanding of what the Bible actually says. All the best with your Sunday School class.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Tom – Thanks for the Globe quote. Here is a link to the whole article for anyone else who wants to see how Massachusetts measures up to the rest of the nation in this survey. It’s not very pretty.

    Boston Globe: Massive study finds most Americans devout, tolerant

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