Check out these statistics from PewForum.org from the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey:
60% – U.S. adults say that religion is “very important” in their lives
40% – say they attend worship services at least once a week
But the survey showed that a large number of Americans are “uninformed about the tenets, practices, history and leading figures of major faith traditions – including their own.”
21% Protestant pastors named Billy Graham among “the top three living Christian preachers that most influence” them. Others in the top 10: Charles Swindoll, Charles Stanley, Rick Warren, John Mac Arthur, Barbara Brown Taylor, David Jeremiah, Max Lucado, John Piper, and Andy Stanley.
26% Churches that said they have experienced a conflict within the last two years that led some people to leave.
27% Churches that said this in 1998.
5% Decrease in median congregation size (75 people) since 1998.
45% American Catholics who do not know their church teaches that the bread and wine in Communion become the body and blood of Christ.
53% American Protestants who cannot identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation.
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April 2010; Christianity Today
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