Monday, June 23, 2008

A new Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life report

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has released a brand new U.S. Religious Landscape Survey that has some interesting data to drill down into. Matthai Kuruvila of The San Francisco Chronicle shared thoughts of Professor D. Michael Lindsay, a sociologist and religion demographer at Rice University, suggesting, "Religion in America is 3,000 miles wide, but it's only 3 inches deep. ... The issue is not that Americans don't believe in anything. It's that they believe in practically everything. It's possible for Americans to hold together contradictory beliefs at the same time." So should we be excited about tolerance or concerned about ignorance? That I'm in the 8% camp naturally pleases this contrarian. John Gunn

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