Men’s Health periodically does a compilation of surveys on men’s faith issues. This year’s summary of American men:
71% –go to synagogue, church, or other services at least once a year
21%-drew pictures as a kid to stay awake at church
77%-say petitioning for divine intervention paid off at least once
83% -have prayed for some [divine intervention] in an “oh, s–t” moment.
73% believe in miracles
69% have tuned in to watch a televangelist
6%- those whose spirits were moved enough to crack open their checkbooks
68% say their faith helps them manage life’s little stressors
40% – have seriously considered making faith a full-time job
35% have doubted religious enough to consider atheism
32%-say the holiday spirit makes them feel more religious
26% have swallowed a “Merry Christmas” greeting because they didn’t want to risk offending someone.
78% –admit checking out the women in their congregation
60%-would marry a woman of a different religion
88%–would call off it off if the pre-nup included a conversion clause.
15% -percentage of affairs that involve the desperate housewife next door.
26% –the denomination with the lowest divorce rate: evangelical Christians
30% –divorce rate among atheists & agnostics
The average guy’s favorite movie that melds religious themes with whip-cracking action: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A couple of these really surprised me—40% have considered some form of professional ministry. That explains all of the guys who I thought would be the last guy on earth to consider ministry saying, “You know, I thought about being a minister when I was younger.”
That 60% would consider marrying a woman of another religion surprises me, but I guess a good percentage of those are guys who don’t practice their faith anyway?
I don’t know what to think about the the stat about evangelicals having the lowest divorce rate. First, evangelicals are not a denomination—that says something about the awareness of the Men’s Health writer. But I have heard for years that evangelicals have the same divorce rate as non-Christians, and in some surveys, an even higher rate. As I say, I don’t know what to think about the stat, except that I hope it is true. While they credit the photos used on the page, they didn’t credit where the stats came from.