Comments: US Religious Landscape Survey

The chart is confusing because, among mainline denominations, it gives one bar for Episcopalians and a separate one for "Anglican Church." Nowhere does it define the latter, but at one place on the site -- http://religions.pewforum.org/affiliations -- if you click on Mainline and then on Anglican/Episcopal, it defines Anglican as "Church of England," and gives a population figure of 1% for Episcopalians and 0.3% for "Anglicans (Church of England" in the US.

One might be tempted to think that they mean the ACNA folks by "Anglican," but the relative proportions are inflated from the actual number, and in any event, the question arises in the first place because the original chart linked to from here says that 70% of Episcopalians approve of acceptance for homosexuality, whereas among the "Anglicans," the figure is 63%.

I rather doubt that 63% of the Duncan faction approves of acceptance of homosexuality -- and there *are* "other" Anglicans/Episcopalians separately listed on the "Affiliations" page I lik to above, which presumably where ACNA-ites fall in...and so *these* "Anglicans" would seem to be someone else entirely... But who???

Whoever they are, it is surely not true that 0.3% of the US populace are not C of E members who have immigrated here yet retained membership in the C of E rather than join TEC or another denomination in the US!

So, can anyone shed any light on who Pew's "Anglicans" are???

Posted by Viriato da Silva at Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 12:27am GMT

Can someone help me with one of the Pew survey's most puzzling results? If the survey is of US religious attitudes, then the "Anglicans" included in the mainline Protestant group would not be Canadians, but members of the US group who broke away from the Episcopal Church because they could not abide +Gene Robinson's consecration as a bishop. Yet almost as many of these "Anglicans" as Episcopalians say that society should accept homosexuality. That is very puzzling to me, at any rate.

Posted by Charlotte at Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 2:59am GMT

I do not have a clue as to where the 0.3% came from tho this truly illustrates that one should not know what goes into either statistics or sausage. Light thought for the day.

Posted by ettu at Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 11:24am GMT
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