June 24, 2008

WHY WASTE TIME AND ENERGY THAT COULD BE SPENT BURNING WITCHES?:

Poll: Salvation through myriad faiths: 70 percent acceptance stuns researcher (Julia Duin, June 24, 2008, Washington Times)

Most Americans say that many roads lead to heaven, according to a U.S. Religious Landscape Survey released Monday by the Pew Forum.

Seventy percent of all Americans say their religion is not the only path to eternal life, according to the second half of a massive survey of 35,000 Americans that charts religious attitudes and beliefs.

Only two religious groups did not agree with the phrase "many religions can lead to eternal life." Eighty-four percent of Jehovah's Witnesses and 61 percent of Mormons disagreed with that phrase, followed by 43 percent of evangelical Christians - the next largest group.

The poll showed "an enormous diversity" in American religion, said John Green, a senior fellow at Pew. "I was stunned."


When the Messiah comes, He's either going to be making His first visit, His second, occulating, or He'll tell us we should have listened to Mohammed. As long as we all get another chance to accept Him when He shows, it seems like there's stuff all us Abrahamists could band together to do instead of bicker about a question we all believe gets answered definitively in the long run.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2008 6:54 PM

That article didn't mention one gem from the study: 21% of self-defined atheists believe in God, "leading scholars to think that these atheists see how they identify themselves as a position against organized religion, not divinity." Leading me to think they're unclear on the concept of "atheism."

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 25, 2008 12:20 AM

They're also unclear about the concept of "diversity." Seventy percent acceptance would seem to show enormous conformity to the American religion.

Posted by: Ibid at June 25, 2008 7:48 AM

Orrin

I don't remember seeing anything in the Bible that says we should do what we think is best because we'll get bailed out at the end when Jesus comes.

Posted by: Kurt Brouwer at June 25, 2008 1:03 PM

"Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do."

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2008 3:21 PM
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