Highly religious Americans are much more likely to see society in those terms, while nonreligious people tend to see more ambiguity.
Self-identified Christians make up 63% of the U.S. population in 2021, down from 75% a decade ago.
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.”
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.
All major religious groups in India have shown sharp declines in their fertility rates, limiting change in the country’s religious composition since 1951. Meanwhile, fertility differences between India’s religious groups are generally much smaller than they used to be.
A new analysis of survey data finds that there has been no large-scale departure from evangelicalism among White Americans.
Nearly two-thirds of Hindus (64%) in India say it is very important to be Hindu to be truly Indian, our survey found.
Indians see religious tolerance as a central part of who they are as a nation. Across the major religious groups, most people say it is very important to respect all religions to be “truly Indian.”
Jews ages 18 to 29 are just as likely as those 65 and older to say they attend religious services at least monthly (22% each).
What does it mean to be Jewish in America? A new Pew Research Center survey looks into this diverse group.