November 27, 2007

Spiritual “Renewalists” in America

23%

That’s the percentage of Americans who are “renewalist,” a faith that emphasizes such spiritually renewing “gifts of the Holy Spirit” as speaking in tongues, divine healing and prophesying.

Nearly one-in-four Americans (23%) say they are “renewalist,” a faith that emphasizes such spiritually renewing “gifts of the Holy Spirit” as speaking in tongues, divine healing and prophesying. The size and composition of renewalist populations vary substantially from country to country, according to a Pew Forum on Religion survey, ranging from a low of 5% in the areas of India surveyed, to a high of 60% in Guatemala. In three of 10 countries surveyed (Brazil, Guatemala and Kenya) membership in the renewalist movement approaches or exceeds 50%. Read More