Mordechai Kaplan is Smiling
Many people have been talking about the recently released section of the Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, “Religious Beliefs and Practices.” (here) Iyov has written about it, and from a Jewish standpoint there are a few numbers which are interesting. If I could summarize what I read, of all the religious traditions in America, Jews are closest to Buddhists in their theological beliefs. For at least the first one, Mordechai Kaplan is probably smiling.
1. “Conception of God”: (p. 9)
Personal God-25%, Impersonal God-50%
Personal God-20%, Impersonal God-45%
2. “Believe in God-absolutely certain”: (p. 10)
3. “Religion is very important in their lives”: (ibid.)
Jewish-31% (the lowest of any affiliated group)
4. “Attend religious services at least once a week”: (ibid.)
5. “Holy Book written by men, not word of God”: (p. 31)
I am sure that there is much more interesting information that I haven’t yet had a chance to see.