Posts Tagged ‘pew’

A Religious Portrait of African Americans (Wash Post)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

[Editor's note: Dashboard charting problem: how to show over 70 percentage-based statistics parsing how religious African Americans are compared to the total population. Solution: Field of small multiples with filled rectangles proportional to the percentage measure. I think this graphic is effective, do you?]

Republished from The Washington Post.
Originally published:14 February 2009. Graphic by Tobey.
Related article: Hymn’s Power As Black Anthem Endures

A report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that African Americans are demonstrably more religious on a variety of issues than the U.S. population as a whole. The forum looked at the level of affiliation, church attendance, frequency of prayer and the importance of religion to someone’s life. Here is a snapshot of the major findings:

View hi-res PDF of the graphic.

Related article: Hymn’s Power As Black Anthem Endures

By Adelle M. Banks

Religion News Service
Saturday, February 14, 2009; Page B07

When the Rev. Joseph Lowery was chosen to offer the closing prayer at President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, he knew which hymn he would borrow to start his prayer.

“God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far along the way,” he prayed, invoking the third verse from “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the hymn that’s long been considered the unofficial black national anthem.

“Thou who has by Thy might, Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray.”

The words rang out across the Mall that day, and again the next day at the Washington National Cathedral in the sermon preached to the new president. For more than a century, they have been used to mark special occasions, including the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and have become a staple for Black History Month each February.

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Many Paths to Heaven (Wall Street Journal)

Monday, July 7th, 2008

(Editor’s note: This post is a follow-up to my earlier post of Pew religious survey graphics.)

wsj heaven and hell pew

Churches Work on Their Message:
The Challenge: Welcoming Nonbelievers While Emphasizing One True Path

By STEPHANIE SIMON and SUZANNE SATALINE
July 3, 2008; Page A7. The Wall Street Journal.

It has long been a challenge for Christian pastors:

To spread the gospel, they must welcome nonbelievers without judgment. Yet they must also make clear that there is but one true path to salvation — the path they teach.

As the Rev. Mark Roessler of Tucson, Ariz., put it: “The church itself has to be real inclusive — ‘Y’all come!’ — but real exclusive on how you get to heaven.”

Tensions about how to achieve that balance have flared in the past decade with the growth of “seeker friendly” churches that emphasize inclusiveness — in part by going easy on the Scripture, with sermons as likely to quote Hollywood as the Gospel.

Conservative pastors raised fresh concerns about the seeker-friendly approach with the recent release of a massive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The survey, widely promoted as an authoritative overview of religious values in the U.S., found that Americans believe deeply in God. But when it comes to doctrine, Americans are strikingly flexible.

Some 70% agreed with the statement that “many religions can lead to eternal life.” That includes 57% of evangelicals, who traditionally put great emphasis on the Christian teaching that a personal relationship with Jesus is required for salvation.

Another surprise: Nearly 70% of Americans, including 53% of evangelicals, told pollsters that “there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion.”

What does this all mean?

Continue reading at Wall Street Journal.com . . .

An In-Depth Look at USA’s Religious Beliefs Practices (USA Today)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

This USA Today interactive (view here) is focused on charting religious differences between faiths and geographic regions as reported by this Pew research study of over 35,000 Americans. There is a pure charting tool and a map-based interface. Produced by Juan Thomassai. The Post did something with this data but completely different approach (here). Thanks Nelson!

From the Post article by Jacqueline L. Salmon

Most Americans believe that angels and demons are active in the world, and nearly 80 percent think miracles occur, according to a poll released yesterday that takes an in-depth look at Americans’ religious beliefs.

The study detailed Americans’ deep and broad religiosity, finding that 92 percent believe in God or a universal spirit — including one in five of those who call themselves atheists. More than half of Americans polled pray at least once a day.

But Americans aren’t rigid about their beliefs. Most of those studied — even many of the most religiously conservative — have a remarkably nonexclusive attitude toward other faiths. Seventy percent of those affiliated with a religion believe that many religions can lead to eternal salvation. And only about one-quarter of those surveyed believe there is only one way to interpret their religion’s teachings.

Screenshots:


usa today religion bar charts

usa today religion map

Washington Post graphic by Laura Stanton:


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