I just came across this interesting article from Charles M. Blow about spirituality in the United States. 2009 was the first time in 47 years that the number of Americans who said they have had a religious or mystical experience, defined as a “moment of sudden religious insight or awakening,” was greater than those who said that they had not. That’s not the only interesting part, either:
Twenty percent of Protestants and 28 percent of Catholics said they believe in reincarnation, which flies in the face of Christianity’s rapture scenario. Furthermore, about the same percentages said they believe in astrology, yoga as a spiritual practice and the idea that there is “spiritual energy” pulsing from things like “mountains, trees or crystals.” Uh-oh. Someone’s God is going to be jealous.
Surprisingly, in some cases, those who identified themselves as Christian were more likely to believe these things than those who were unaffiliated. (It should be noted that unaffiliated is not the same as nonbeliever. Many are spiritual people who simply haven’t found the right church, synagogue, mosque, coven, Ouija board club, or whatever.)
Paranormal Flexibility [NYTimes]