A new study by the Pew Research Center has revealed that, contrary to popular opinion, it is Christians with more education who are more likely to attend church and actually practice their faith.
“The idea that highly educated people are less religious, on average, than those with less education has been a part of the public discourse for decades, but some scholars of religion have called this notion into question. And a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys shows that the relationship between religion and education in the United States is not so simple,” according to the study’s findings.
Christian Today reports that the study found that Christians who graduated with a college degree are more likely than those who do not have a college degree to attend church services regularly (68 percent to 55 percent). The study also found that educated Christians are more likely to pray daily (83 percent to 77 percent) and to believe in God with absolute certainty (90 percent to 87 percent).
Christians who have even more education (graduate degrees) are even more likely to be regular church attenders and to actively practice their faith.
The research consistently showed a direct correlation between the amount of education and a Christian’s commitment to his or her faith and to his or her church.
The study also broke the research down among Christian denominations. Educated Protestants and Catholics were more likely to attend church services weekly, as opposed to their fellow Christians who did not continue their education beyond high school.
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Publication date: April 27, 2017