USA - Religion Is Popular

Arno Froese

Jews are the most warmly regarded religious group in America, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

As they did the first time the survey was taken in 2014, Jews topped the survey, in which respondents rank various religious groups on a “feeling thermometer.” On the scale of 1 to 100, 1 is the coldest and 100 the warmest; 50 means they have neither positive nor negative feelings.

Jews were ranked at 67 degrees, up from 63 in the 2014 survey, followed by Catholics at 66, up from 62, and Mainline Protestants at 65. Evangelical Christians stayed at 61 degrees.

Buddhists rose to 60 from 53, and Hindus increased to 58 from 50. Mormons moved to 54 from 48.

Atheists and Muslims again had the lowest ratings, but both still rose on the warmth scale. Atheists ranked at 50 degrees, up from 41, and Muslims were at 48, up from 40.

The survey showed a divide between older and younger Americans. While Jews received a 74 from respondents aged 65 and up, the age group’s second-highest ranking behind Mainline Protestants, respondents aged 18-29 ranked Jews at 62 and gave their highest ranking to Buddhists at 66.

-www.jta.org, 15 February 2017

Arno's commentary

There is little doubt that the young American generation is leaning religiously toward the east, with Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. As Wikipedia explains: “…the umbrella term ‘yoga’ which includes religion, philosophy, and practice.” This writer is inclined to detect a form of religious exercise being practiced in the often very successful mega-churches during “worship services.” One can hear deafening music accompanied by unintelligible sounds of words, replacing the centuries-old, “More about Jesus …Rock of Ages…Amazing Grace…Blessed Assurance…Leaning on the Everlasting Arms…It Is Well with My Soul.” Such worshipful music has become a rarity.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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