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10 Facts About Faith in American Cities

While national faith trends dominate the headlines, they often belie the diverse religious makeup of cities and metro areas throughout the country. To celebrate the release of Barna's Cities & States report, which takes a comprehensive look at the faith profiles of these cities, we've compiled 10 interesting findings on spiritual beliefs and practices among American adults.

Pastors and Parishioners Differ on Generosity

The motivations for generosity are manifold and often complex. What drives this deeply spiritual act differs from one person to the next, particularly when comparing pastors with their congregants. According to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report, there is indeed little consensus.

Two-Thirds of Christians Face Doubt

Experiencing spiritual doubt can be lonely, but according to a new study from Barna, it’s much more common than you think. Most Christians have experienced a time of spiritual doubt when they questioned what they believed about their religion or God. Just how pervasive is it and what is the most common response?

Why Go to College?

The school year is fast approaching and as incoming freshmen prepare to make major decisions this summer about their upcoming college career, they will simultaneously be forced to ask themselves some important questions about the purpose of the next four years. In partnership with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Barna asked American adults about their beliefs on the primary purpose of a college education. Their answers may surprise you.

The Most Post-Christian Cities in America: 2017

It may come as no surprise that the influence of Christianity in the United States is waning. To measure the changing religious landscape of America, Barna has developed a “post-Christian” metric which gives an accurate picture of belief and unbelief in our cities. Where does yours rank?

What Makes America Great?

Though the idea of American exceptionalism isn’t a recent invention, we’ve heard a lot lately from President Trump and his supporters about “making America great again.” But what, exactly, do people believe makes America great? It depends who you ask—and, in light of Independence Day, a brand new study from Barna did just that. Here’s what U.S. adults say about why they take pride in being an American.

Barna: This Week

6 out of 10 religious skeptics describe themselves as angry about the current state of America https://t.co/dGLlDE97JM

@barnagroup • September 23, 2017

Practicing Christians who agree the U.S. should welcome refugees more than doubled since 2016 http://bit.ly/2xv4KWC

Barna Group • September 23, 2017

The State of Pastors

Church leaders are more likely to believe generosity is both an inward attitude and an outward discipline https://t.co/Uk2OHJ6qd8

@barnagroup • September 23, 2017

Images of the Syrian Civil War and stories of the trials of refugees across Europe have likely had a dramatic impact on the perspective among American adults in a very short period, counterbalancing—and even eclipsing—bold national rhetoric on border protection

Barna Group • September 22, 2017

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