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The following tables compare Church of the Nazarene and Church of Christ respondents on a variety of attitudes and experiences using data from the 2007 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, collected by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.


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Demographics

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent female 56% 52.6%
Percent that are currently married 52.3% 64.5%
Percent that have a B.A., B.S. or other 4-year college degree 20.2% 15.8%
Percent with a family income of less than $40,000 a year 44% 44.2%
Percent that are white 78.8% 96.5%
Percent of Hispanic origin or descent 5.6% 1.8%
Percent that live in a rural area 28.1% 39%
Percent that live in the South 47.4% 19.3%
Percent with one or more parents born outside the U.S. 3.5% 3.1%
Percent born in another country 6.1% 1.3%

Moral Attitudes

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent who think that abortion should be illegal in all cases. 21.3% 28.2%
Percent that think that "homosexuality" is a way of life that should be discouraged by society. 60.8% 65.1%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that there are "clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong" 83.1% 84.2%
Percent who think the government should do more to protect morality in society. 48.5% 50.2%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that their values are threatened by Hollywood and the entertainment industry 48.8% 58.8%

Other Beliefs and Attitudes

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent satisfied with personal life. 86% 89.9%
Percent that "mostly agree" or "completely agree" that "evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on earth" 31.9% 21.1%

Political Attitudes

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent that think that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of political matters 38.2% 28.1%
Percent that think the best way to ensure peace is through military strength. 37.7% 35.1%
Percent that think that stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs. 34.9% 39.9%
Percent that think the government should do more to help needy Americans. 61.1% 44.9%
Percent that prefer a smaller government providing fewer services. 45.7% 51.8%
Percent registered to vote 81% 83.7%
Percent Republican 32% 42.8%
Percent that describe themselves as conservative or very conservative 52.9% 55.9%
Percent that voted for Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election 27.2% 25.6%

Religious Beliefs

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent that view God as an impersonal force 19.8% 19.3%
Percent that believe in God or a universal spirit 99% 97.4%
Percent that believe in Hell 81.8% 89%
Percent that believe in Heaven 90.8% 90.4%
Percent that agree: Angels and demons are active in the world 73.8% 90.4%
Percent that believe in reincarnation -- --
Percent that believe in life after death 85.4% 87.7%
Percent that say religion is a very important part of their life 75% 79.4%
Percent that believe that their church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices 60.7% 55.7%
Percent that mostly or complete agree: Religion causes more problems in society than it solves 22.8% 21.5%
Percent that think there is a natural conflict between "being a devout religious person and living in a modern society" 41.1% 52.6%
Percent that mostly or completely agree: Miracles still occur today as in ancient times 70.1% 93%
Percent that believe that many religions can lead to eternal life 55.6% 63.6%

Religious Experiences

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent that speak or pray in tongues 12.5% 12.3%
Percent that have experienced or witnessed a divine healing of an illness or injury? 34.5% 55.6%
Percent that feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week 62.4% 61.1%

Religious Practices

Church of ChristChurch of the Nazarene
Percent that attend religious services at least once a week 59.4% 56.6%
Percent that pray at a shrine or religious symbol in their home -- --
Percent that attend services at a church with 2000 or more members. 2.1% 1.5%
Percent that pray at least once a day 71.1% 74.7%
Percent that meditate at least once a week 41.3% 47.2%
Percent that pray or read the Scripture with their children 76.9% 89.6%
Percent that read scripture outside of religious services at last once a week 53% 56.4%
Percent that participate in a choir or other musical program at their place of worship 35.5% 34.7%
Percent that do community volunteer work through their place of worship 69% 65.5%
Percent that share their faith with "non-believers or people from other religious backgrounds" at least once a week 31.1% 27.6%
Percent that send their children to Sunday School or another religious education program 71.5% 91.2%
Percent that home school or send their children to a religious school 7.9% 3%