This is the third post in a series on the data of the Pew U.S. Religious Landscape Survey released today. One of the most interesting findings is that a huge majority of Americans, in all religions except Mormonism and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, are religious liberals. That is to say, they affirm that there is more than one way to interpret their religion’s teachings. 68% of Americans agreed that their religion admitted multiple interpretations, including 82% of mainline Protestants, 53% of Evangelical Christians, 77% of Catholics, and 68% of Orthodox Christians. Even the Mormons weren’t that far behind, with 43% explicitly affirming a liberal view. 89% of Jews took the liberal road, 60% of Muslims joined them, and the Buddhists and Hindus clocked in at 90% and 85% respectively.
Unitarian-Universalists “and other Liberal Faiths” proclaimed the liberal view 86% of the time, with 5% of these folks going in the other direction to state that there is only one correct way to approach their religion.