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Barna has a new survey out.  Most Americans have first-hand experiences in churches or parishes. What happens, if anything, in the hearts and minds of those who attend? Here are some of the findings: (66%) feel they have had “a real and personal connection” with God while attending church. (26%) who had been to a church before said that their life had been changed or affected “greatly” by attending church. Nearly half said their life had not changed at all as a result of churchgoing (46%). (61%) said they could not remember a significant or important new insight or understanding related to faith. (23%) of those with church experience selected the description that church feels “like a group sharing the same space in a public event but who were not connected in a real way.” 40% of adults with church experience said caring for the poor was emphasized “a lot,” while 33% indicated it was “somewhat” of a priority. OK… what surprises you in this new data?  Anything? SOURCE
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More than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports. Pollsters found that 78 percent of Americans identify with Christianity. Overall, more than 82 percent of Americans have a religious identity, with this percentage breakdown: 52.5: Protestant/other Christian 23.6: Catholic 1.9: Mormon 1.6: Jewish 0.5: Muslim 2.4: Other non-Christian 15: None/atheist/agnostic 2.5: No response The findings fit the trend of an increasing percentage of Americans who do not embrace a formal religious identity. via Houston Chronicle. // OK… I really really really really doubt that. They must have used a VERY broad definition. But.. given your theology (wherever you land on the spectrum)… what percentage of Americans do you think are true Christians? Come on… throw out a percentage guess…
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