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Pew Research: U.S. is Less Religious and More Accepting of Homosexuality

According to recent findings from Pew Research Center, the U.S is becoming less religious.

“An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years,” reported Pew Forum.

The number of adults who say they believe in God in has declined from 92% in 2007 to 89% in 2014. Those who are “absolutely certain God exists” have decreased from 71% to 63%. Many say they “do not belong to any organized faith,” specifically Millennials.

Here’s the silver lining: “The study also suggests that in some ways Americans are becoming more spiritual. About six-in-ten adults now say they regularly feel a deep sense of ‘spiritual peace and well-being,’ up 7 percentage points since 2007. And 46% of Americans say they experience a deep sense of “wonder about the universe” at least once a week, also up 7 points over the same period.”

Views on abortion have remained stable. About 53% say “abortion should be legal in all or most cases.” Attitudes about homosexuality have shifted since 2007 especially with Millennials. “The survey finds that acceptance of homosexuality is growing rapidly even among religious groups that have traditionally been strongly opposed to it. For instance, more than a third of evangelical Protestants now say homosexuality should be accepted by American society, up 10 points since 2007.”

Read the full study here.

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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at churchleaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.