Among Christians, more education leads to more religion

Madison Rexroat

While the commonly held belief is that the more educated one is, the less religious they’ll be, a study by the Pew Research Center seems to challenge that perception.

Overall, Americans with a college education are less likely to attend church services or say religion is important to them compared to those who are less educated. Among Catholic, Mormon and Protestant communities, though, college graduates are more likely to attend church regularly than those without a college education. 

Within the Christian community, weekly church attendance between educated members and less educated members was 36 and 31 percent, respectively. The difference among educated Catholics, Mormons, black Protestants and evangelical Protestants and those in each community who did not go to college were even bigger.

While college educated people are generally less likely to believe in God, the difference between Christians with a college education who believed in God and Christians without a college education who did was only 1 percent. The difference overall is 83 percent (college educated) to 92 percent (not college educated) who do believe in God.

Among other religions (like Islam and Judaism), nearly everyone reported believing in God, college educated or not. 

Read the full story in The Atlantic here.