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Religion, the occult, and politics
Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths: Eastern, New Age Beliefs Widespread

Compared with other religious traditions, white evangelical Protestants consistently express lower levels of acceptance of both Eastern beliefs (reincarnation, yoga) and New Age beliefs (spiritual energy in physical things and astrology). For example, roughly one-in-ten white evangelicals believes in reincarnation, compared with 24% among mainline Protestants, 25% among both white Catholics and those unaffiliated with any religion, and 29% among black Protestants. Similarly, 13% of white evangelicals believe in astrology, compared with roughly one-quarter or more among other religious traditions.

Which reminds me of something attributed, apparently incorrectly, to G.K. Chesterton: "When a Man stops believing in God he doesn't then believe in nothing, he believes anything."

The study also found a gender gap:

Having been in touch with a dead person is more common among women than men (33% vs. 26%). Women are also twice as likely to have consulted a fortuneteller or psychic (20% vs. 10%).

In my social circles I hear a lot of talk about how ignorant and stupid Republicans are, but...

These [new age] beliefs are more common among Democrats and independents than Republicans and are more widely held by liberals and moderates than conservatives.
Conservatives and Republicans report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics.

Via Paranormal Flexibility and Ann Althouse


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