The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Portrait of the faithful

Who feels most committed to their faith? Answers from two new studies may surprise you.

Gallup pollsters asked 729 participants nine questions about ways they live their faith, from daily prayer to finding "inner peace." The poll reveals:

• 21 percent of women and 13 percent of men said each of the nine faith areas was very important.

• 27 percent of African Americans said they were fully committed, compared to 16 percent of whites and 11 percent of Latinos.

• 22 percent of adults over 60 said they were fully committed to their faith, twice as many as those under 39.

In a separate study, Darren Sherkat, a Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) professor, found that gay men pray more frequently and are more active in religious organizations than heterosexual men. The study compared religious activity from 1991 to 1998 according to the General Social Surveys.


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