Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths Eastern, New Age Beliefs Widespread

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 21, 2009

Eastern, New Age Beliefs Widespread – Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, December 2009

  • “The religious beliefs and practices of Americans do not fit neatly into conventional categories. A new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions. Many say they attend worship services of more than one faith or denomination — even when they are not traveling or going to special events like weddings and funerals. Many also
    blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects. And sizeable minorities of all major U.S. religious groups say they have experienced supernatural phenomena, such as being in touch with the dead or with ghosts.”
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