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1 Selected Charts from What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion (2008, Baylor University Press) by Dr. Rodney Stark, Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University For more on the Baylor Surveys of Religion:.

2 Table 16 Congregational Friendships and Witnessing How many of your friends attend your place of worship? Friends in place of worship None Some Half or more 15 % 29 % 44 % 0% 20% 40% 60% Witnessed Page 43: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

3 Table 18 On the Bright Side 92 % 85 % Heaven absolutely exists Very, or quite, certain you will get into heaven The Rapture will absolutely take place 53 % 79 % 82 % 49 % Agree: God rewards the faithful with major successes 57 % 46 % Page 46: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

4 Table 19 On the Dark Side 90 % Hell absolutely exists Devil /Satan absolutely exists 69 % 83 % Agree that God is angered by human sin 66 % 72 % 67 % Page 47: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

5 60 % Read the Bible daily Table 20 Personal Commitment Attend services weekly or more often 46 % Tithe 39 % 46 % 36 % Pray at least once a day or more often 61 % 33 % 32 % Attend a Bible-study group 52 % 43 % Page 47: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

6 Table 21 Religious and Mystical Experiences Index of Religious and Mystical Experience: High 67 % Medium 39 % 15 % Low 18 % 15 % 19 % None 3 % 24 % Page 48: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

7 Table 22 Intimacy Half or more of their friends attend their congregations 41 % 25 % Have no friends in their congregations 12 % 22 % Page 48: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

8 Table 23 Outreach In the past month did you: Witness/share your faith with friends 83 % Witness/share your faith with strangers 52 % 53 % 35 % Page 49: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

9 Table 24 Volunteerism I do volunteer work for the community, not through my place of worship 40 % 31 % I do volunteer work for the community, through my place of worship 41 % 34 % During the past month participated in faith-based programs not affiliated or sponsored by a congregation (e.g., prison ministry, homeless shelter, etc.) 18 % 9 % Page 50: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

10 Table 25 Demographics Age of church members: 70 and over 6 % 12 % Age of church members: % 35 % Church affiliation with liberal Protestant denominations 21 % 47 % Page 51: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

11 Table 52 Percent of those who do not believe in God by year 10% 8% 6% 4% 2% 0% 1944 Gallup 1947 Gallup 1964 American Piety 1994 GSS 2005 Baylor Survey 2007 Baylor Survey Page 117: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

12 Table 54 Religious Self-Identity and Belief in the Occult and Paranormal Evangelical 14 % 30 % Born again 18 % 31 % Fundamentalist 17 % 29 % Bible-believing 23 % 32 % Theologically conservative Theologically liberal 0% 13 % 31 % 40 % 26 % 20% 40% Percent high on the index 60% Believe in the Occult and Paranormal Do not believe in the Occult and Paranormal Page 129: What Americans Really Believe: New Findings from the Baylor Surveys of Religion

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