Tuesday, April 28, 2009

a crisis of faith?

Survey: Half of U.S. adults have switched religions

USA Today — About half of all Americans have switched religions at least once, according to the most in-depth survey on the topic, released Monday.
And that may still be "a conservative estimate," says Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
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Pew Study Finds High Retention Rate Among Catholics, Points Out Concern for Disaffected Youth

PR Newswire — A Pew Forum poll on Americans and their religious affiliation finds Catholics have one of the highest retention rates, 68 percent, among Christian churches when it comes to carrying the Catholic faith into adulthood.
It also found that a determining factor in whether or not one remains Catholic as an adult is whether or not the individual attended Mass as a child and teenager.
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Evangelical churches gain ground

The Journal Gazette — Evangelical Protestants - the largest group of religion-affiliated Hoosiers - are doing a better job of recruiting and retaining members than mainline Protestants or Catholics, according to a study released Monday.
The survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life also showed that about half of American adults switch religious affiliation at least once in their lives.
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