Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pew Survey on Religion

Here are some highlights of a survey concerning religion reported by MSNBC.

Americans mix and match religions.

A growing number are experiencing ‘awakening,’ and there is:

... tremendous growth over the past three decades in the number of Americans who say they have had a religious or mystical experience. Nearly half of Americans say they have had a religious or mystical experience, or a "moment of sudden religious insight or awakening". That represents a doubling since Gallup asked in 1962.

...24 percent of those surveyed overall and 22 percent of Christians say they believe in reincarnation, the idea that people will be reborn in this world again and again.

...About 1 in 4 Americans believe in Eastern or New Age ideas, including reincarnation, which is part of Buddhism and Hinduism; yoga as a spiritual practice; spiritual energy in things like mountains, trees and crystals, and astrology.

...Roughly 3 in 10 Americans say they have felt in touch with someone who has died — up from 18 percent in 1996.

The survey of more than 4,000 adults was conducted by phone in August; the total sample size has margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.