Religion in the USA is very diverse because of the country is multicultural. A number of early immigrants to the American colonies were missionaries and they had desire to worship their own religions freely. Besides of those missionaries, many religious refugees came from Europe including Jews. In my point of view, those large number of immigrants influenced Americans to be a very religious nation. According to a 2002 study, majority of American people said religion is very important in their lives. It shows that the US is one of the most religious nations in the world. Many people believe that the USA is not that religious country (I used to think the same before), here is one example of justification: The phrase “In God We Trust” which is on all coins and paper bills was declared the national motto by Congress in 1956. Also religion was one of the biggest reasons to start the American Revolution. Wikipedia said Religion played a major role in the American Revolution by offering a moral sanction for opposition to the British—an assurance to the average American that revolution was justified in the sight of God. As a recent scholar has observed, "by turning colonial resistance into a righteous cause and by crying the message to all ranks in all parts of the colonies, ministers did the work of secular radicalism and did it better.” However not all Americans believe in God. There are strong regional; differences in the USA:
- In West 51% of the people believe in God
- In South 86% of the people believe in God
Nowadays the number of people who are leaving their religion is increasing rapidly. The reason is that terrorist attacks and religious conflicts are becoming more common in these days. I think especially September 11st attack influenced American people deeply and hurt them severely.
Recent studies show that the following is the order of religious preferences in the USA:
- Christianity 78.4%
- No religion 16.1%
- Judaism 1.7%
- Buddhism 0.7%
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