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Religion Stats

We Americans love mixes. Mixed lattes, mix tapes, mixed families, Chex mix, buffets, grab bags, rainbows, M&Ms. So it should come as no surprise that we mix religions.

“Large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions,” according to a new poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The poll showed that 35% of Americans attend worship services from more than one type of denomination/religion. Plus there’s that whole cafeteria religion concept where we blend practices and beliefs from various religions and spiritualities (e.g., astrology and Christianity, ghosts and Islam).

Other interesting findings:

  • 40% of those in interreligious marriages attend multiple types of services each year.
  • 22% of Christians say they believe in reincarnation.
  • 25% of Americans believe in astrology.
  • 72% of Americans attend religious services at least a few times a year.
  • 49% of Americans say they’ve had a religious/mystical moment of awakening


View the full survey results (with pretty graphs!) on the Pew Forum Web site.

Created by Religion Transcends, 2009

The Pew Research Center published results of a prayer survey a few weeks ago. After talking to 35,000 Americans, they determined that the following percentages of members of various religions/denominations pray at least once a day:



60% of Americans say they pray daily



Jehovah’s Witnesses: 89% pray at least once a day

Mormons: 82%

Evangelical Protestant Christians: 78%

Black Protestant Christians: 80%

Orthodox Christians: 60%

Mainline Protestant Christians (Methodists, Lutherans, etc.): 53%

Catholics: 58%








JEWS: 26%


See the results in graphic form at the Pew site.


It appears women over the age of 65 are the most likely to pray. People with the least amount of income also seem to pray the most (for money, perhaps?).


Of course, the poll doesn’t explain Pew’s definition of “prayer.” And certain factors come into play (e.g., meditation may be more important than prayer for many Buddhists) that affect the results. So it should be kept in mind that prayer may reflect religiosity but is not an exclusive factor in determining religiosity. What do you think about the results?


Copyright 2009, Religion Transcends

Religion is the biggest “headache” in Great Britain, according to a recent government-sponsored British poll.

As reported by Religion News Service and Hinduism Today, the survey showed that religious intolerance is worse than racial issues in Great Britain – and has not improved in the last ten years.

See information from the 2001 census about religion in Great Britain.


Copyright 2009 Religion Transcends.


Hundreds of churches face foreclosure, according to the Ministry Today and the New York Times.

The crisis has arisen from mortages on churches, which increased by 50% from 2002-2005. And borrowing peaked in 2006 as more and more churches began new constructions. Facing insurmountable debt, many churches may now be forced to close their doors.

Church lender N. Michael Tangen told that “there have been too many churches with a ‘build it and they will come’ attitude. They had glory in their eyes that wasn’t backed up with adequate business plans and cash flow.”

What do you think? Is new construction necessary to gain new church members? Is it the fault of the lenders? Do you attend a house of worship facing foreclosure?



Copyright 2009, Religion Transcends.