Free to Worship

After a late night philosophical discussion with Jonathan about The Mist and its religious themes earlier this week, Chase conveniently shared a recent study with me by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. I found it so fascinating that I wanted to share it with everyone here as well. If it's too dorky for you, don't worry, you don't have to click it. The survey, called the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, draws on results from over 35,000 American citizens and was conducted between May and August of last year. It highlights the religious composition of our country, as well as the size, demographics and geography of all those major religious groups. For instance, I found that 78.4% of America is Christian, 16% are Unaffiliated (Atheist, Agnostic, Nothing in Particular) and 4.7% are Other Religions (Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim). Interesting huh?

Also the Pew Forum has a very interesting analysis of the 2008 Presidential candidates and their religious views on such issues as Abortion, Gay Marriage or Stem-Cell Research. Be sure to check that out too.