In the new survey, the Center attempted for the first time to pose some of these philosophical questions to a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, finding that Americans largely blame random chance – along with people’s own actions and the way society is structured – for human suffering, while relatively few believers blame God or voice doubts about the existence of God for this reason.
Why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? This question can be particularly confounding for those who believe in a good and all-powerful God, as is often described in the Abrahamic religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For centuries, philosophers and theologians have grappled with this “problem of evil.”
Black adults in the U.S. South more likely than those in other regions to attend a Black congregation
Black Southerners diverge from other Black Americans – especially Northeasterners and Westerners – in other ways when it comes to religion.
Across religious groups, a majority of Black Americans say opposing racism is an essential part of their faith
75% of Black Americans say that opposing racism is essential to their faith or sense of morality, a view that extends across faith traditions.
In historically Black Protestant churches, regular attenders more likely to have received COVID-19 shot
82% of members of the historically Black Protestant tradition who attend church regularly have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Indians overall know very little about Jainism and its practices. Here are six facts about Jains in India, from a June 2021 Center report.
Women continue to be less involved than men in mosque life in the U.S., but the pattern appears to be changing.
Among India’s six largest religious groups, some are much more likely than others to abstain from eating meat.
Just about a third of Indian adults (35%) say they ever practice yoga, including 22% who say they do so monthly or less.
Our new survey of 29,999 Indian adults takes a closer look at religious identity, nationalism and tolerance in Indian society.