American Piety in the 21st Centrury Study

I’m not sure why I found this article (pdf) on American Piety in the 21st Centrury from Baylor University interesting, but I thought I would provide a link and let you judge for yourself.

Here are some snippits:

  • Approximately one-fifth of the U.S. population have read a book in the Left-Behind series (19.0%) and/or the Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (19.0%). More than a quarter (28.5%) have read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
  • Within each tradition, those with literal views of the Bible are more politically conservative than is their tradition overall.

  • God’s anger alone (Type C) does little to inspire religious participation such as prayer and church attendance.

  • Those who attend church more are much more likely to support the Patriot Act, and believe that Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks. 
  • Evangelical Protestants (60.3%) are the religious group most likely to approve of the Iraq War, followed by Catholics (46.7%) (see Table 13).

  • Beliefs about God are strongly related to views on the war on terror and trust of Bush’s leadership (see Table 13).

  • The belief that God favors the United States is the single strongest predictor of whether an individual trusts Bush, approves of the Patriot Act, thinks Hussein was involved in 9/11, and approves of the Iraq War (see Table 13)

  • Race is a powerful predictor of support for the Iraq war. Whites (48%) are nearly four times more likely to believe the war is justified than African Americans (see Table 14).

  • Gender, race, education, household income and region are all significantly related to believe in God’s favoritism towards the United States (see Table 16).

  • Only 4% of Americans think that God picks sides in the partisan politics (see Figure 18).

  • Over four fifths of Americans believe that God does not favor a political party (see Figure 18).

  • The most common paranormal experience in the United States is having a dream that later came true. More than 40 percent (43%) of Americans claim to have had this experience.

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