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Religious Landscape Study

Religious Landscape Study

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U.S.Religious Landscape Survey 
Religious Beliefs and Practices: Diverse and Politically RelevantJune 2008
 
About the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Lie
This report was produced by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Lie. The Forum delivers timely,impartial inormation on issues at the intersection o religion and public aairs. It studies publicopinion, demographics, media coverage and other important aspects o religion and public lie inthe U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue or discussions o timely issuesthrough roundtables and brieings. The Forum is a non-partisan, non-advocacy organization anddoes not take positions on policy debates. Based in Washington, D.C., the Forum is a project othe Pew Research Center, which is unded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.This report is a collaborative eort based on the input and analysis o the ollowing individuals:
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Lie
Luis Lugo, DirectorSandra Stencel, Deputy DirectorJohn Green, Senior Fellow in Religion and American PoliticsGregory Smith, Research FellowDan Cox and Allison Pond, Research AssociatesTracy Miller, EditorElizabeth Podrebarac and Michelle Ralston, Research AssistantsHilary Ramp, Editorial Intern
Pew Research Center
Andrew Kohut, PresidentPaul Taylor, Executive Vice PresidentScott Keeter, Director o Survey ResearchVisit
religions.peworum.org 
or the online presentation o the indings o the Landscape Survey.
Pew Forum Web Publishing and Communications
Mark O’Keee, Oliver Read and Chris Ingraham, Web PublishingErin O’Connell, Robbie Mills and Liga Plaveniece, CommunicationsPew Forum on Religion & Public Lie1615 L Street, NW, Suite 700Washington, D.C. 20036-5610Phone (202) 419-4550Fax (202) 419-4559
www.peworum.org 
© 2008 Pew Research Center
Cover images: Muslim girls reciting prayer, Ed Kashi/Corbis; Pentecostal church services, Robert Nickelsberg/Getty; Apache dance, Corbis; Rabbisconvene in Brooklyn, Keith Bedord/Reuters/Corbis; White church, Nik Wheeler/Corbis; Buddha statue, Blaine Harrington III/Corbis; Man praying withlag, Yumiko Kinoshita/Getty
 
U.S. Religious LandscapeSurvey 
Religious Beliefs and Practices:Diverse and Politically Relevant
Table o Contents
Introduction
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1Summary o Key Findings
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3Chapter 1: Religious Belies and Practices
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 I. Importance o Religion..................................................................................................22  II. Religious Belies............................................................................................................26 God .........................................................................................................................26Scripture ..................................................................................................................30The Aterlie .............................................................................................................31Miracles and the Supernatural ................................................................................34 III. Religious Practices........................................................................................................36 Worship Attendance ...............................................................................................36Formal Membership ................................................................................................39Size o Congregation ...............................................................................................40Congregational Activities ........................................................................................41Religious Upbringing o Children .............................................................................43Prayer and Meditation ..............................................................................................44Scripture Reading ....................................................................................................49Participation in Prayer Groups and Other Religious Activities ..................................50Sharing the Faith With Others .................................................................................51IV. Spiritual Experiences.....................................................................................................53Answers to Prayers .................................................................................................53Divine Healings .......................................................................................................54Speaking in Tongues ................................................................................................55Peace and Wonder ..................................................................................................56 V. Belies About Religion....................................................................................................58 Is There More Than One Path to Salvation? ............................................................58How Strictly to Interpret the Faith? .........................................................................59 VI. Belies About Morality...................................................................................................61

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