“The real dirty little secret of religiosity in America,” says Mark Silk, a professor of religion and public life, “is that there are so many people for whom spiritual interest, thinking about ultimate questions, is minimal.” As USA Today notes , research is beginning to reveal just how big the “So What” set might be:
44% told the 2011 Baylor University Religion Survey they spend no time seeking “eternal wisdom,” and 19% said “it’s useless to search for meaning.”
46% told a 2011 survey by Nashville-based evangelical research agency, LifeWay Research, they never wonder whether they will go to heaven.
28% told LifeWay “it’s not a major priority in my life to find my deeper purpose.” And 18% scoffed that God has a purpose or plan for everyone.
6.3% of Americans turned up on Pew Forum’s 2007 Religious Landscape Survey as totally secular unconnected to God or a higher power or any religious identity and willing to say religion is not important in their lives.
(Via: Insight Scoop )
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