Today, I've been looking at the information that's come out of the Baylor University Survey of Religion: "American Piety in the 21st Century
." It's fascinating stuff. It's got some really interesting content that I must say is not that surprising. For instance, Americans are not getting less religious
. Secularism is not encroaching. The church is not being flushed down the toilet. So the next time you hear a preacher bemoan the secular state of America, ask her...er, I mean, him...to back it up.
Another not-so-suprising finding: Americans care less and less about denominational affiliation. The researchers were surprised to note that many of the persons surveyed claimed to not be connected to a church type and/or claimed not to be religious, but then were able to write down the name and address of the church they attend. The guys at Baylor say this points up a major weakness in past survey tools which have concluded with higher rates of secularism; those past researchers have not adequately accounted for non-denominational, independent, and nominally denominational churches.
There's more stuff there, too, including the "Four Gods" in which Americans believe. Now that
demands some theological reflection...