Barna Survey Finds Majority of Black Adults Believe Faith and the Church Plays an Important Role in the African American Experience

A woman raises her hands during an interfaith service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach. David Goldman/AP

The majority of black adults in the U.S. believe that to understand the African American experience, it’s necessary to understand the role of religious faith in black people’s lives, a new study has found.

Barna survey of 1,083 U.S. black adults, plus 822 black churchgoers, found that four out of five black U.S. adults who align with some type of faith group agree to some extent (41% “strongly,” 38% “somewhat”) that “To understand the African American experience, it is necessary to understand the role of religious faith in the lives of black people.”

Most members of the black church also believe faith is crucial to the black experience, with half (50%) agreeing “strongly” and 38% agreeing “somewhat.” Faith is also considered a source of emotional strength, with nearly all black churchgoers today “strongly” agreeing with this sentiment.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

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