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Pew Religion Study: Part II


(Steve Carell, left, plays Evan Baxter, who’s appointed by God, played by Morgan Freeman, in “Evan Almighty” to build an Ark. AP Photo)

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released today the second part of its U.S. Religious Landscape Survey.

Some highlights, reported on Pew’s site, as well as the excellent ones found below on ReligionLink.

*One in five atheists believe in God and more than half of the agnostics surveyed said they do, too.

*Significantly more people say they believe in heaven (74 percent) than in hell (59 percent).

*Most Americans – 79 percent – say they believe in miracles.

*Less than one-third of the respondents say they receive answers to their prayers at least once a month.

*A majority of members of every religion reported that they were “very satisfied” with their personal lives – with one exception. Less than half (47 percent) of all members of traditionally African-American churches reported that they were very happy with their personal lives.


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