Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Help: Trying to find a study

I'm going to crowd source this problem.  Recently I read a study of Americans, I think, that polled people about their attitudes on the one God/one path, many paths question.  They asked people whether they thought there were many paths to salvation or just one, more or less.  As I recall, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses turned out to be the most exclusive.  They were at the far end of the "one God/one path" scale.  I can't remember which denomination was at the other end of the scale.  I think the study came out within the last year or two, but I could be wrong about it.

Does this ring a bell for anyone?  Do you have the reference?  I need it!!

Thanks.

MM

10 comments:

Unknown said...

Buddhism--All roads lead to enlightenment; I'm not sure if it counts as an American religion in the study however.

Mike Gage said...

I'm having trouble finding the original study, but I think you're talking about this:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-12-18-saved-heaven_N.htm

Mike Gage said...

And of course, I think I just found it after I posted that.

http://pewforum.org/Many-Americans-Say-Other-Faiths-Can-Lead-to-Eternal-Life.aspx

Matt McCormick said...

Yeah, I guess that's it, Mike. Thanks. I recall a graphic that showed the Jehovah's Witnesses at the right end of the spectrum but maybe my memory is off. I can use this one.

Tom Rees said...

Hi Matt, yes I do remember this one after all! Mormons do indeed come near the bottom on the "Many religions can lead to eternal life" question (although above JWs)

http://religions.pewforum.org/reports#

Got to "Report 2" summary of key findings.

Matt McCormick said...

Thanks Tom. Yeah, that must be it. Memory is unreliable.

MM

Steve Simmons said...

Unitarian Church may be the one you are looking for.

Long Ben Avery said...

Pew is a good site and offers subscription.

D.C. Willis said...

I was raised Baptist and they were very adamant on the "only one way" theory.


http://subtledeceit.com/index.php?p=1_16_GOD-OF-ISRAEL

Analyst said...

Maybe American Religious Identification Survey ??