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  The Pew Forums latest research on church attendance in 2008 is 39% attend church on a regular basis. (national margin of error +- 0.6%) — http://religions.pewforum.org  
     
  Of the 39% church attendance:  
 
  • 68% are Protestant
  • 24% are Catholic†
  • 2% are Mormon
  • 1% is Jehovah Witness
  • 2% are Jewish
  • 1% is Muslim
  • 1% is Hindu
  • 1% is non-Protestant
 
     
  Out of 100 people:  
    39 people go to church on a regular basis.  
       
    12 go to a world church that teaches something other than Jesus as the only way to God
(with the exception of Catholics who hold to a teaching of Jesus with other elements like
purgatory, paradise, Maryology†, etc., mixed in.)
 
     
  That brings the total number of people who attend a Christ-centric service down to 27%
 
     
  Report from 2008 SBC convention:  
    Out of 16,306,246 church members, only 6,150,000 attend church. That is 38%.  
     
  On the belief that there is more than one way to God other than Jesus:  
     
  Of the United States population:  
    23% believe, “Their religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”  
    70% believe, “Many religions can lead to eternal life.”  
    7% don’t care.  
     
  Of religious groups:  
    Evangelical Protestant  
   
  36% believe, “My religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”
  57% believe, “Many religions can lead to eternal life.”
 
    Catholics  
   
  16% believe, “My religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”
  79% believe, “Many religions can lead to eternal life.”
 
    Jehovah Witness  
   
  80% believe, “My religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”
  16% believe, “Many religions can lead to eternal life.”
 
    Muslims  
   
  33% believe, “My religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”
  56% believe, “Many religions can lead to eternal life.”
 
     
  † The theological study of Mary, which methodically presents teachings about her to other parts of the faith, such as teachings about Jesus Christ, redemption and grace.  
     
  Pew Forum - http://www.pewforum.org/  
  Southern Baptist Convention - http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=28262  
     
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