U.S. adults generally can answer basic questions about the Bible and Christianity, but are less familiar with other world religions
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Buddhists made up roughly 7% of the world’s population in 2015. Half of the world’s Buddhists live in China.
Young adults tend to be less religious than their elders by several measures; the opposite is rarely true. This pattern holds true across many countries that have different religious, economic and social profiles.
Nine-in-ten Americans believe in a higher power, but only a slim majority believe in God as described in the Bible
More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years. Less than 20 years from now, however, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to modestly exceed births to Christians.
Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago.
The table below details the estimated educational attainment of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and religiously unaffiliated adults ages 25 and older in 151 countries as of 2010 (or the latest year available).
A new Pew Research Center global demographic study shows differences in educational attainment among the world’s major religious groups.
Jews are more highly education than any other major religious group around the world, while Muslims and Hindus tend have the fewest years of formal schooling. But all religious groups are making gains, particularly among women.