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Disconnect in pews

Almost half of churchgoing Americans say their life has not changed a bit due to their time in the pews, a survey shows.

Barna Group, an evangelical company based in California, found that 46 percent reported no change.

About a quarter of Americans said their life was greatly affected by church attendance and another quarter said it was somewhat influential.

Two-thirds of respondents said they had felt "a real and personal connection" with God while attending church.

Three out of five church attenders said they could not recall an important new religious insight from their last church visit.


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