We Americans certainly like to do things our own way. A new poll by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that a significant percentage of Americans mix, pick and choose different religious and spiritual traditions to fit in with their unique beliefs.
Do you ever feel self-conscious or weird about sharing your fascination with all things astrology, crystals, reincarnation or metaphysics? Well, don’t because a good 24 – 26% of American adults share your beliefs! Check out the breakdown of beliefs based on demographics, political and religious groups and see what category you fall under. (Fun fact: 30% of Democrats believe in reincarnation and spiritual energy…31% believe in astrology. Wonder what Obama believes.)
I’m not a huge fan of numbers, but it’s pretty impressive when a whopping 49% of the American population has had a religious or mystical experience which Pew defines as a “moment of sudden religious insight or awakening.”
For all of you ghost hunters out there, 29% of Americans have either felt the presence of or communicated with the dead!! A further 15% speak with Psychics.
But the most encouraging piece of information…significant portions of the Catholic, Jewish and Protestant communities all admit to believing in Eastern and New Age ideas. Does this mean we’re finally headed toward religious tolerance and a new world consciousness? What do you think?