With Easter fast approaching, it’s hard to imagine that the Christian faith has been the only one on a fast.
But that’s the view of the Pew Research Center, which analyzed the number of words Christians used to describe God and religion in a series of new Pew Research reports.
The Pew Research report, which includes data from 2016, is based on a sample of 3,500 respondents from Pew’s American Trends Panel, which measures people’s beliefs about religion.
The report also included data on the frequency of God’s words and phrases in the news.
The Pew report found that about a third of Americans use the word “God” or “Godlike” to describe their faith, but about half of those who did said that God spoke to them.
The word “blessed” is used to mean that God does something good for them, while the word ‘flesh’ is used for the body and soul.
When it comes to God’s use of language, Americans who identified as Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox were far more likely to use words like “god” and “bountiful” than those who said they belonged to other religions.
But a plurality of the religiously unaffiliated also used the word to describe themselves.
In the words of one person, “God is great.”
In a Pew report on faith in the U.S., the report found the word God used to be used in the context of Godly values such as love, forgiveness, faith, and justice.
Pew’s survey found that roughly 2% of American adults use the term “god,” while 3% use the phrase “bounded by God.”
But when it comes time to talk about God, Americans often say God speaks to them by way of the Bible or the Koran.
Nearly half of Americans, or 47%, say that God speaks “to them by the Holy Spirit,” while 14% say that the word is “only given to them in a special way.”
And when asked about God’s “voice,” only about half say that they have heard God speak.
A majority of Americans who say they believe in God believe that God’s voice is very clear and that he’s in control of everything that happens in the world, including human affairs.
The survey found more people say that “God speaks to me by the word of God” (49%) than “he speaks to people by the power of God.”
But a majority of those also say that when God speaks, he speaks in a clear, clear voice, even when speaking to people who don’t understand what he’s saying.
About a quarter of Americans say that their faith is based in a personal story, while a third say that it is based entirely on faith alone.
About three in 10 say that religion is the only religion they know, while less than a quarter say that there are no religious beliefs.
More Americans than not believe that religion makes them happy, while only about 1 in 5 say that faith makes them feel better.
But fewer say that religious belief makes them happier.
More people say they don’t believe in a higher power than God (24%) than say they do (27%) or that God exists (17%).
But nearly one in five say that no one is truly God.
More religious Americans say they pray less frequently (12% less) than those of other faiths, and fewer say they read the Bible more than once per week.
A quarter of religious Americans pray five or more times a week, while about 1 out of 10 say they usually do so.
And more Americans say religion is a part of their daily lives than say it is not.
When asked about the importance of God and faith, Americans are far more willing to say that a religion that has been successful and has followers is better than one that has not.
About a quarter (26%) say that if a religion has had a successful outcome, they are more likely than not to say they are a more faithful person.
And when it came to the importance they place on the word’s meaning, Americans were much more willing than they were in the past to say God has great power (55% vs. 38%) or God has a special power (46% vs 18%).
More Americans say their religion has influenced their lives in some way (33% say religion has helped them to make a positive impact on the world) than say their faith has done the same.
About one in 10 Americans say the religion that they are most proud of is that religion that does not have a specific place in the lives of people, while more say they see it as important to be a part, at least a little, of.
More than a third (35%) say religion gives them the ability to help people, and just under half (46%) say they can make a difference in their own lives.