“The born-again/evangelical population in this country is highest among blacks…”

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According to a recent Gallup survey, the born-again/evangelical population in this country is highest among blacks, “who are overall the most religious racial and ethnic group in the United States.”  Gallup reports that 61% of blacks identify as “evangelical” or “born-again.”  38% of “non-Hispanic whites” claim the labels and 44% of Hispanics identify with the labels.

There is a lot more to unpack in this study.  Read it here.

Why Do People Go to Church?

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According to a recent Gallup poll, 75% of Americans go to church, primarily, to hear a sermon.  As might be expected, sermons matter more to Protestants than Catholics.  (Interestingly enough, partaking of the sacraments or fulfilling a spiritual obligation does not appear to be listed as an option).

And why do people skip church?  They do so primarily because the prefer to worship individually.  (“Don’t like organized religion” was second).

Here is what the folks at Gallup have concluded about their poll:

Belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque provides people with important social benefits that Gallup research shows improve personal well-being. While social benefits are clearly important to majorities of those who worship regularly, what most motivates them to attend is learning more about the tenets of their faith, as well as connecting that faith to their lives. Protestants, who have more control over their church leadership and flexibility in where they worship, place even greater emphasis on the quality of sermons than do Catholics, although both groups rate sermons highly.

Fulfilling these expectations could be critical in order for religious organizations to survive. But to expand their ranks, reigniting the interest of lapsed members should be a priority. Converting those who say they aren’t very religious or who don’t like organized religion may be futile. But churches and others may find some success with the message that worshipping in communion with others has benefits that can’t be achieved worshipping alone — addressing the No. 1 reason non-attendees give for not attending.

Check it out here.

 

 

Is it Morning in America Again?

Niraj Chokshi’s article at The New York Times begins this way: “In the years since President Obama first took office, more Americans are thriving, exercising and enjoying a high standard of living.”

This first line of Chokshi’s piece on the recent Gallup study showing that Americans are living better and improved lives under Obama reminds me a lot of this Ronald Reagan 1984 campaign ad:

Here is a taste of Chokshi’s piece:

In the years since President Obama first took office, more Americans are thriving, exercising and enjoying a high standard of living.

The rates of health insurance coverage are up, too, but the share of Americans who say they are in excellent health is declining.

That’s all according to a recent five-part analysis of hundreds of thousands of surveys collected since 2008 by Gallup, the polling organization, and Healthways, a health care company.

The analysis represents an attempt at understanding how American well-being has changed during the Obama presidency. Generally, people reported their lives had improved even though they gave poorer assessments of their health.

Read the entire piece here.

Is it morning in America again?

OK–I am now hiding under my desk to protect myself from the coming onslaught.  I am sure it will begin with something like “How dare you compare Obama to Reagan!” 🙂