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Each Saturday I’ll post interesting stats I’ve come across in the research for my current book on the secular/religious mixed marriage, mostly without comment. Here’s the first.


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(Putnam and Campbell, American Grace, pp. 535, 537)


Of those who believe that someone outside their own religion can go to heaven, the following include the nonreligious in that number:

Overall: 56%
Evangelical Protestant: 35% 
Mainline Protestant: 62% 
Catholic: 66% 

(Pew Forum Religion & Public Life Survey, Aug 2008)

(Confused about the Nones and the Mormons? See tomorrow’s post.)

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.