Survey: Americans mix and match religions, including New Age


WASHINGTON - A new survey finds many Americans blend Christianity with New Age beliefs and attend religious services at more than one place that involve faiths outside their own.

The report from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life also found that nearly half of all Americans -- including many unaffiliated with any religion -- claim to have had a religious or mystical experience.

Among Christians surveyed, 29 percent said they had been in touch with the dead, 14 percent had consulted psychics, and more than a fifth said they believe in reincarnation, astrology or spiritual yoga.

Three in ten Protestants say they attend multiple types of religious services, including services at denominations different from their own. About one in five Catholics say they also attend non-Catholic services.

The survey of more than 4,000 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.