Do You Believe That Most Americans Believe In Miracles?

In 1975 the UK group, Hot Chocolate, answered this age old question of miracles in the affirmative.  No, not talking about the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team. 

Neal Conan (whom they might have called “The Barbarian” in high school) writes on www.pewforum.org

A survey from the Pew Forum on Religion showed that a vast majority of Americans, nearly 80%, believe in miracles. The results are from a wider study, “Religion Among the Millennials.” Greg Smith from the Pew Forum on Religion talks about the widespread belief in miracles.

An extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment – that’s Merriam Webster’s definition of the word, miracle. But it goes on: An event manifesting divine intervention, a wonderful occurrence. And from that alone, you might conclude that our understanding of miracles is murky at best. A new study from Pew complicates things a bit further.

The study shows that young adults, the so-called millennial generation, don’t attend church services regularly, are less inclined to express religious preference or affiliation than their elders, but profess widespread belief in the afterlife, in heaven and hell and in miracles. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans, in fact, say they believe in miracles.

So what is your definition? And do you believe?

NPR reports:

February 23, 2010

A survey from the Pew Forum on Religion showed that a vast majority of Americans, nearly 80%, believe in miracles. The results are from a wider study, “Religion Among the Millennials.” Greg Smith from the Pew Forum on Religion talks about the widespread belief in miracles. CLICK BELOW TO HEAR FULL STORY:

KMOX.COM Goes on to say about the findings:

New survey finds millennial generation less church-connected

Fred Bodimer Reporting
flbodimer@cbs.com
ST. LOUIS — A new survey finds young adults in America today are less religious — but not necessarily more secular.   This Pew Research Center study looks at the so-called MIllennial Generation — 18 to 29 year olds.   It found organized religion does not play as big a role in their lives as it did in other generations at this age.

“In terms of religious affiliation, they are the least religious age group in modern history,” said Pew Center Vice President Paul Taylor.

“Considerably less religious in terms of things like church attendance, not only than older adults today, but than older adults were when they were the age these younger adults are today.”

But Taylor says despite being less church-connected, young people today are just about as spiritual as their parents and grandparents were at those ages. 

40 percent today say religion is important in their lives….41 percent pray daily…while 53 percent say they are certain God exists.   Those numbers mirror the national numbers for older Americans. Copyright KMOX radio

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