Right and Wrong and Religion

These numbers come out of the Pew Religious Landscape Survey via the Corner.

When it comes to questions of right and wrong, which of the following do you look to most for guidance?

Religious teachings & beliefs Philosophy & reason Practical experience & common sense Scientific Information Don’t know/Refused
Evangelical 52 4 39 2 3
Mainline 24 9 59 4 4
Historically Black 43 4 47 3 3
Catholic 22 10 57 7 5
Mormon 58 4 33 2 3
Orthodox 25 11 52 8 5
Jehovah’s Witness 73 3 19 1 5
OtherChristian 19 25 42 7 4
Jewish 10 15 60 9 6
Muslim 33 10 41 14 2
Buddhist 4 27 51 12 5
Hindu 9 15 55 18 4
Other Faiths 5 25 58 8 4
Unaffiliated 6 16 66 10 3

How interesting. Jehovah’s Witnesses (73%), Mormons (58%), and Evangelical Christians (52%) were most likely to look to religious teachings and beliefs for guidance. Among named groups, Jews (60%), “Mainline” Christians (59%), and Catholics (57%) most looked to practical experience and common sense. “Philosophy and reason” and “scientific information” didn’t score well with anyone.

How would you have answered the question? Does that put you in line with the survey?

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~ by Gabriel Malor on February 16, 2009.

 
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