10 December 2009

The Latest Trends on Religious Beliefs and Practices

A fascinating article on the latest trends on religious beliefs and practices of Americans can be found here at the Pew Forum. It's worth a look and a ponder. From the article:

Though the U.S. is an overwhelmingly Christian country, significant minorities profess belief in a variety of Eastern or New Age beliefs. For instance, 24% of the public overall and 22% of Christians say they believe in reincarnation -- that people will be reborn in this world again and again. And similar numbers (25% of the public overall, 23% of Christians) believe in astrology. Nearly three-in-ten Americans say they have felt in touch with someone who has already died, almost one-in-five say they have seen or been in the presence of ghosts, and 15% have consulted a fortuneteller or a psychic.

This study reveals some incredible evidence of the decline of Christian beliefs especially among Christians themselves.


Matt Welsh said...

That article was on the cover of my local paper...I wonder if this is just a fad or if the trend will continue to be more open to other spiritual traditions...I think the Internet, blogs and social media are helping people be more open to a diverse spiritual practices

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