Taken from http://religions.pewforum.org/maps#
|Belief in God||Importance of Religion in One’s Life||Church Attendance||Religious Affiliation||Believe their Religion is One True Faith|
|71% Absolutely Certain||56% Very Important||39% Once a week||79% Christian||24% Their religion is one true faith leading to Eternal Life|
|17% Fairly Certain||26% Somewhat Important||33% Once/Twice per month||16% Unaffiliated||70% Many religions lead to Eternal Life|
|4% Uncertain||16% Not Important||27% Seldom or Never||2% Jewish||3% Neither|
|1% Muslim||4% Don’t Know|
A few things I find interesting included:
- Most of the country are Christians, yet most of the country believe in more than one way to eternal life. I am personally under the impression that most Christians are pretty direct and cut-and-dry with who goes to heaven or not. I’m suprised by this statistic, but also happy. I feel God is very merciful and also just and therefore, the many mansions in heaven that await those who accept Him. I just wasn’t under the impression that this many people were Christians.
- An overwhelming majority of the country believes in God, yet our laws dictate how we are or are not supposed to pray in public schools. If the overwhelming majority of the country is Christian, wouldn’t you think Christian prayers would be a given for the 1% of other faiths who are in the country as well? I think it is absurd not to allow prayers and talk of God in public places when the overwhelming majority of the country expresses belief in a Christian God.
- Finally, I’m impressed that so many people still go to church.
What stands out to you about these statistics?