Research

Religion and Europe's Young Adults

5 key findings from a report to Catholic Bishops into the faith of young adults in Europe:

  1. The proportion of young adults (16-29) with no religious affiliation (‘nones’) is as high as 91% in the Czech Republic, 80% in Estonia, and 75% in Sweden. These compare to only 1% in Israel, 17% in Poland, and 25% in Lithuania. In the UK and France, the proportions are 70% and 64% respectively.
     
  2. 70% of Czech young adults – and c. 60% of Spanish, Dutch, British, and Belgian ones – ‘never’ attend religious services. Meanwhile, 80% of Czech young adults and c. 70% of Swedish, Danish, Estonian, Dutch, French and Norwegian ones ‘never’ pray.
     
  3. Catholics make up 82% of Polish, 71% of Lithuanian, 55% of Slovenian, and 54% of Irish 16-29 year-olds. In France, it is 23%; in the UK, 10%.
     
  4. Only 2% of Catholic young adults in Belgium, 3% in Hungary and Austria, 5% in Lithuania, and 6% in Germany say they attend Mass weekly. This contrasts sharply with their peers in Poland (47%), Portugal (27%), the Czech Republic (24%), and Ireland (24%). Weekly Mass attendance is 7% among French, and 17% among British, Catholic young adults.
     
  5. Only 26% of French young adults, and 21% British ones, identify as Christians. Only 7% of young adults in the UK identify as Anglicans, compared to 6% as Muslims. In France, 2% identify as Protestants, and 10% as Muslims.

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Religion in India

Five facts on religion in India from Pew Research:

  1. India’s massive population includes not only the vast majority of the world’s Hindus, but also the second-largest group of Muslims within a single country, behind only Indonesia. 
  2. India is a religiously pluralistic and multiethnic democracy – the largest in the world.
  3. Indians experience “high” levels of government restrictions on religion.
  4. India has high levels of religion-related social hostilities.
  5. Most Indians are concerned about religious tensions, but even larger shares are worried about several other national issues.

India is home to 1.4 billion people – almost one-sixth of the world’s population.

According to Pew Research, by 2050, India’s Muslim population will grow to 311 million, making it the largest Muslim population in the world.

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5 Facts on US Evangelicalism

Pew Research has marked Billy Graham's death by publishing 5 Facts on US Evangelicalism

  1. About a quarter (25.4%) of U.S. adults identify with evangelical Protestantism
  2. The evangelical Protestant share of the population has dipped slightly in recent years (from 26.3% in 2007 to 25.4% in 2014), but more slowly than the mainline Protestant and Catholic populations.
  3. Three-quarters (76%) of evangelical Protestants in the U.S. are white, but the share of evangelicals who are not white is growing.
  4. On average, evangelical Protestants have somewhat lower levels of educational attainment, compared with the U.S. public as a whole.
  5. Half (49%) of evangelical Protestant adults reside in the South, which is home to 37% of the overall U.S. adult population.

The faith of America — LifeWay reports

According to the latest LifeWay research Americans love God and believe the Bible (sort of) but are confused about the details.

Six in 10 say everyone eventually goes to heaven, but half say only those who believe in Jesus will be saved. And while 7 in 10 say there’s only one true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—two-thirds say God accepts worship of all faiths.

Most Americans still identify as Christians. But they seem to be confused about some of the details of their faith.

For example about two-thirds of Americans believe Jesus is God while half say Jesus is a being created by God. 

Evangelical believers say hell is for real. Other Americans aren’t so sure.

Many evangelical believers say everybody goes to heaven. They also believe that only those who trust Jesus as their Savior are saved.

Everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature

The resurrection really happened. But not everything else in the Bible did

Americans believe in the Trinity. But are fuzzy on the details.

Americans disagree about sex, abortion, homosexuality and gender.

Three-quarters of Americans say people must contribute their own effort for personal salvation.

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