Monday, February 25, 2008

Pew on Religion

The Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life held a press conference today about trends in American religious affiliation. The call was interesting to say the least but the findings aren't that surprising.

Here are some of the highlights in my opinion:
1. Even the largest religious groups are relatively small.
2. 2/5 of American adults have changed religious affiliation in their lifetime.
3. 40% of married respondents have a spouse of a different faith.
4. The Midwest has the most diverse religious make up of any region in the the US.

From my limited reading of this here are some Jewish highlights:
1. Jews make the most and have the second highest post-college education level. (Second place and First place to Hindus respectively)
2. Affiliation is lowest among young people who also make the least amount of money (cause and effect)
3. Jews make up 1.7% of the US population.

Read the report here.

The Times on the topic.

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