Pew Research Center Survey Shows How Evangelicals Live Out Their Christian Faith In 32 Aspects of Everyday Life

Survey compares American Christians on evangelism, exercise, eating, recycling, and dozens more.

Only 1 in 3 evangelicals that pray daily and worship weekly think keeping the Fourth Commandment is essential to being a Christian.

Only 2 in 5 get advice from their pastor when making a major life decision.

Building upon its massive survey of American Christians, today the Pew Research Center released a follow-up survey on religion in everyday life. The seven-year main study, meant to “fill the gap” left by the US census and the self-reporting of denominations, studied the change of religion in America from 2007 to 2014. CT covered the two-part release last year.

The study released today is a supplemental look at everyday religion in the United States, meant to examine how religious beliefs and practices go beyond prayer and church attendence to influence the day-to-day lives of Americans.

About 30 percent of Americans are highly religious (those who pray daily and attend church at least once a week), and half of them are evangelical Protestants, according to Pew. Evangelical Protestants were identified by their denomination or, if respondants didn’t know their denomination, whether they described themselves as a “born-again or evangelical Christian.”

Catholics are the next largest group of highly religious people (17%), followed by mainline Protestants (14%).

More than three-fourths of highly religious evangelicals talk to non-family members about faith at least a few times a month, compared with only half of highly religious mainline Protestants and Catholics.

Evangelicals are also much more likely to talk about religion with their immediate and extended family.

And while all three groups are far more likely to try to understand and agree to disagree when someone disagrees with them about religion, highly religious evangelicals are three times more likely (16%) to attempt to persuade them than mainline Protestants (5%) and twice as likely as Catholics (7%).

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra