Are Americans More Religious Than Previously Thought?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Baylor University study finds that more Americans are active in religious groups than previously thought.

The study released Monday also found that most traditional Christians reject the label "evangelical" and prefer to describe themselves as "Bible-believing" or "born again."

The survey was conducted by the Baylor University Sociology Department and the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. It's the first in a series on the spiritual life of Americans.

Researchers found that only 10-point-8 percent of Americans have no ties to a congregation, denomination or faith group. Previous surveys had put that figure at 14 percent, overlooking about ten (m) million people involved in some form of organized religion, according to the Baylor report.

The study also found that many Americans without ties to congregations still believe in God or a higher power.


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