Americans Believe in God, Heaven, Hell

Amanda Carpenter

6/23/2008 2:25:01 PM - Amanda Carpenter

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God, heaven, hell, miracles, angels and demons according to a landmark study on religious attitudes.

“Americans are nearly unanimous in saying they believe in God (92 percent), and large majorities believe in life after death (74 percent) and believe that Scripture is the word of God (63 percent),” according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s 268-page study released Monday.

The study also found 59 percent of Americans believe in hell, 68 percent believe angels and demons are active in the world and 70 percent believe miracles “still occur today as they did in ancient times.”

Although Americans seem to embrace similar religious concepts, they remain open-minded about different religions. “More than two-thirds of adults affiliated with a religious tradition agree that there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their faith, a pattern that occurs in nearly all traditions,” the study concluded, based on 35,000 different interviews.