Heaven accessible to many, Americans say

A Baylor University study
Heaven is no longer viewed as an exclusive place by many Americans, according to a new survey from Baylor University.

When researchers polled U.S. adults about who (and how many) will get into heaven, 54 percent of the respondents said at least half of average Americans will make it through the Pearly Gates.

More than a quarter of those surveyed—29 percent—said they had no opinion about the fate of the average American.

Rodney Stark, codirector of the university’s Institute for Studies of Religion in Waco, Texas, said the findings represent a marked difference from those of earlier studies.

“I think that it’s really just a . . . broadening because of the cultural experiences of diversity,” said Stark, author of What Americans Really Believe, which details the study’s findings on topics ranging from belief in guardian angels to the practices of “irreligious” people.


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