The United States is the world’s most religiously observant country.
The U.S. government has an official religion classification of the U.N. defines it as the “collective consciousness of mankind” and “a belief system based on the teachings of the Bible, the Koran, Hinduism and Buddhism.”
In other words, Americans consider themselves Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or whatever.
And if you want to find out why Americans think their religious identities are so important, a study published last year found that “Americans believe that their faith has more relevance than any other belief system in the United States.”
So, how does the American public define its own religious identity?
And, what does it mean to be a Christian?
A study from Religion News Service looked at how Americans define their religion.
Researchers asked more than 200,000 Americans a series of questions about their religious identity, including how much they identified as “Christian,” “nothing,” “none,” “agnostic,” “non-Christian,” and “agnostics.”
And, the survey found that most Americans are either agnostic or “agnostical.”
Some people even said they identify as “not religious at all.”
Here’s what the research found.
Agnostics: A group that rejects the notion of God 2.
Nothing: A category that doesn’t believe in a deity 3.
None: A very small group that doesn and still believes in God 4.
Not religious at All: A label that includes atheists, agnostics, and “spiritual seekers.”
And a large portion of the population doesn’t identify with either of those labels.
Only about 6 percent of Americans say they’re neither agnostic nor “notreligious at all,” according to the study.
The survey also found that about half of Americans have a “spirituality” background.
About 8 percent have “agnetic” beliefs, which include the belief that God exists and that he is all-powerful and benevolent.
Spiritual seekers: These people believe that the universe is connected to other dimensions of the universe, which is often described as the way that religions interpret the Bible or other religious texts.
And they believe that they are special and unique, that they have a personal connection to something greater than themselves.
This is a term often used to describe people who say they have strong emotional attachments to something bigger than themselves or who experience a strong desire to change the world.
Nothing but nothing: This is the group that believes in the idea that everything in the universe was created by an intelligent being who created it, with no chance of any change.
Agnostic: A religious label that doesn “believe in a God” but that “believes that human beings have a relationship with an invisible and unknowable creator.”
The agnostic group also does not believe in God or that there is an afterlife.
And it does not embrace any religion.
Nothing in particular: This group is not religious in the sense that it rejects religion or any specific belief system.
Instead, it identifies as an agnostic, atheist, skeptic, and theist.
The study also found about 1 in 4 Americans consider the Bible a “sacred text.”
More: The poll found that only about 3 percent of those surveyed said they are religiously unaffiliated, while the rest said they were either “spiritually” or “spiritless.”
The Pew Research Center’s religion survey is based on telephone interviews with 1,002 adults nationwide, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Religion News Services surveyed from December 1 to March 2.