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Post 9/11 spirituality

New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a survey shows, but it may be a coincidence rather than a response to the terrorist attacks.

The Barna Group found that 46 percent of people living in or near New York City reported attending worship services in the previous week in 2010, up from 31 percent in 2000.

"The research suggests that faith and religion took on new urgency for many New Yorkers after 9/11, but the impact was neither immediate nor long-lived," said David Kinnaman, Barna president.

"While ... religion's importance did grow in the years after 9/11, church attendance and active faith measures did not really start increasing until after 2004."


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