January 27, 2009

Heaven: Not a Gated Community

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Most Americans who claim a religious affiliation think many religions, not just their own religion, can lead to eternal life.

Most Americans who claim a religious affiliation take a non-exclusivist view of salvation, with 65% saying that many religions can lead to eternal life, while less than one-quarter say theirs is the one, true faith leading to eternal life. Among American Christians, a 52%-majority believes that some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life. At the other end of the spectrum, the number of religiously-affiliated Americans saying that only their own faith can lead to eternal life increased slightly between 2007 and 2008, from 24% to 29%. The increase is especially pronounced among white evangelical Protestants (37% to 49%) and black Protestants (35% to 45%). Read More