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America's very liberal Roman Catholics

Or maybe they are just confused. Pew has had the impertinence to ask Americans of faith whether believers of other faiths are in with a shot at eternal life, and the results are in:

First up, atheists. Some 49% of white (1) Catholics think that atheism can lead to eternal life, whereas only 26% of white evangelicals agree. 46% of white non-evangelical Protestants concur.

Elsewhere, 65% of white Catholics think Hinduism can lead to eternal life, significantly more than the 62% for Islam. White evangelicals are none too keen on either Islam or Hinduism, but are marginally more sympathetic to the latter at 35% to 33%.

White Catholics are the most likely to think Judaism gives the keys to the kingdom at 77% to 62% for Black Protestants. Jews were not polled, but Catholics are more prepared to give Protestants hope than vice versa, at 83% to 73%.

(1) Categories given are white evangelicals, white non-evangelical, black protestant and white catholic. Don't ask me why, as I did not commission the poll.

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Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 8:26 pm

Hi Croydonian, off topic I know, I just want to wish you and your wonderful lady a very happy Christmas.  



Blogger James Higham said... 11:38 am

Atheism can lead to eternal life? Hmmmm.

I join Ellee in wishing you a Merry Christmas.  



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