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Americans Picking and Choosing From Religious Grab Bag

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, Americans are getting more creative with their choice of religion — or choices, as the case may be. They’re picking and choosing from various world religions and using the Internet to learn about different faiths. –KA

Los Angeles Times:

About a quarter of those surveyed expressed beliefs in New Age or Eastern religious principles such as reincarnation and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects.

“People have talked about many Americans in the mainstream seeing themselves as being on a spiritual journey,” said Paul Lichterman, a professor of sociology and religion at USC.

He said that over a lifetime, more Americans will try out different religions than will stay true to one faith.

The number of Americans who said they had interacted with a ghost had doubled over the last 13 years, from 9% to 18%, the survey found.

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