Parade magazine released a survey of our spiritual and religious values and the results are quite interesting.
Here are the complete results of the poll.
Here is Parade's article.
Below are the highlights.
Only 45% consider themselves religious. 24% consider themselves spiritual but not religious.
38% are less religious than their parents.
59% believe that all religions have validity. Only 12% believe their religion is the only true religion.
Only 53% think the world would be worse off without religion.
Only 30% attend religious services once a week or more. 50% rarely or never.
76% say their faith has not been affected during the current economic situation.
58% say religion and politics should not mix.
43% believe we go to heaven or hell after we die depending on our actions on earth.
62% expect to contact loved ones after they die.
I've posted Brett Dennen video's before, but this seems like a good place to replay "Heaven." Recently Brett re-recorded the song with Natalie Merchant.
"Whatever faith you practice, whatever you believe..." Brett's lyrics mirror the American public's beliefs.