Education and Religious Beliefs

More news about faith in colleges. The Catholic News Agency reports that the results of higher education on religious beliefs are mixed:

College professors were more likely than the general population to think that the Ten Commandments are totally irrelevant and to disagree that the Bible is the Word of God, but they were also more likely to disagree that religion and science typically conflict.

The study on which this information is based, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) survey of 2,508 Americans, also indicates that college graduates are more likely to support same-sex marriage and be pro-choice. College graduates are less likely to favor school prayer, support in a literal interpretation of the Bible, and “believe anyone can succeed in America with hard work and perseverance.”

While this survey did not measure college graduates’ knowledge of American civics, it does indicate that civic knowledge “increases a person’s belief in American ideals and free institutions,” regardless of whether or not a person graduated from college.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer