Christians Rank Ahead of Muslims for Religious Rights Protection in US

Protecting the religious liberty of Christians ranked highest among people in the U.S., while Muslims and atheists were at the bottom of a new survey.

CHR Comment: The survey shows that more Americans were concerned about the rights of Christians than for other religious groups. However, the results are influenced by the number of persons in each group so that a larger group naturally scores higher and a smaller group scores lower.

Source: Muslims Rank Lowest For Religious Rights Protection In US, Survey Finds

Religious People Are More Likely to Be Veterans in the U.S.

Religion and military service go hand-in-hand. Here’s the data.

CHR Comment: Tobin Grant demonstrates that American veterans are significantly more likely to be church goes than those who are not religious. Evangelical Protestants and members of historically Black Protestant churches are most likely to be veterans.

Source: Religious people are more likely to be veterans: Two graphs on veterans in American religion – Corner of Church and State

How Do Americans See Sacred Texts?

Americans see the Christian Bible and the Muslim Quran in very different ways.

CHR Comment: The survey focuses on the Bible and the Quran and whether these texts are beneficial or harmful to American life. Not surprisingly, the Bible is much preferred, though the author proposes that there will be an increasingly negative view of the Bible in the future.

Source: How Do Americans See Sacred Texts? New Data From LifeWay Research | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

Science and Religion. Pew Research

A majority of the public says science and religion often conflict, but people’s sense that they do seems to have less to do with their own religious beliefs than their perception of others’ beliefs.

CHR comment: As science gained importance in the medieval era, Christian theologians emphasized the harmony between science and religious belief, which continued into the modern period. Since the Enlightenment, non-religious people have argued for a gulf between science and religion. The Pew findings illustrate that non-religious people continue to hold to that bias.

Source: What U.S. Religious Groups Think About Science Issues | Pew Research Center

Significant Decline in Christian Affiliation. Pew Research Center

This study, released today, has significant finding about the decline of Christian affiliation but does not provide explanations for the declines discovered in their surveys. I would suggestion the following reasons:

Personal rather than political reasons

The breakdown of families, which normally have held people in churches

Church-life feeling more hurtful than helpful

Social norms that caused people to say they were religious in the past are fading. People are more comfortable admitting they are unaffiliated.

America’s Changing Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center.