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Americans Don't Like Discussing Religion

A summary of a report from Pew Research Center, "religion [seems] to be a subject many people avoid. About half of U.S. adults tell us they seldom (33%) or never (16%) talk about religion with people outside their family. And roughly four-in-ten say they seldom (26%) or never (13%) discuss religion even with members of their immediate family."

And when the researchers asked, "What do you do when someone disagrees with you about religion?" just 10% of evangelicals say they "try to persuade the person to change their mind." The vast majority of evangelical Protestants (70%) try to "understand the person's beliefs and agree to disagree," while about one-in-six (18%) say they "avoid discussing religion with the person" altogether.

Editor's Note: Of course we should try to understand another person's beliefs, but according to this survey 88% of evangelicals would not dare to challenge a non-Christian's beliefs. At some point, we have to not only understand but also challenge someone else's worldview.

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