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Church’s politics in one graph

Church’s politics in one graph

Linked is the American religio-political landscape in a graph, provided by Religion News Service’s Tobin Grant. He writes:

What are the political positions of religions and churches in America? This new graph maps the ideologies of 44 different religious groups using data comes from Pew’s Religious Landscape survey. This survey included 32,000 respondents. It asked very specific questions on religion that allow us to find out the precise denomination, church, or religion of each person.

In addition to explaining how to read the graph, Grant makes some observations.


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Chris H.

Jim, It’s common knowledge in this diocese that those in the pews are more conservative than the leadership. Perhaps that is why the Presiding Bishop has suggested appointing bishops rather than electing them, preventing another South Carolina or Springfield.

Perhaps some of the economic factors leaning to the right are because TEC members average some of the highest incomes among Christian denominations. TEC has not lost it’s WASP legacy yet.

Chris Harwood

Jim Pratt

I am quite surprised at how not just Anglicans/Episcopalians but most of the mainlines, even the UCC, are to the right on the political/economic scale. It seems that, despite the public theology, the people in the pews are more in the suburban conservative mode. And it is also interesting that the most vocal disagreements in these denominations are about homosexuality, when there seems to be greater difference between the leadership and membership on issues of social and economic justice.

Marshall Scott

A couple of thoughts, one internal, as it were, and one external. The internal question is whether Episcopalians, separated form other Anglicans, would move, literally somewhere to the left. That is, do more conservative non-Episcopal Church Anglicans want government action less than Episcopal Church Anglicans.

The external thought it to note some internal contradiction between wanting government to be less active generally but more active in protecting “traditional morality.” One person’s government service is another person’s government overreach.

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