Friday, August 10, 2012

Religious vs. spiritual

There is a certain type of person who doesn't like to describe himself as "religious" but is fine with "spiritual." (For that matter, there are self-described religious people who don't consider themselves to be particularly spiritual.) You might get the impression that the two are alternatives, but the MIDUS study shows considerable overlap. The correlation between the variables of how religious you are and how spiritual you are is .54 for 988 respondents -- a strong relationship. I also looked to see if perhaps the correlation was lower for young people. For those ages 18-39, the correlation is .51, not much different.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that women who pick "spiritual, but not religious" on Match.com are signalling they'll do it on the first date.

SFG said...

I kinda like the idea of religious but not spiritual. If I lived in a red state and had kids, I'd probably send them to church, even if I don't believe in God.