Religious belief: Black men rank second after black women in the United States

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BLack of men is just behind black women topping several measures of religious belief among Americans, study finds.

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While men tend to be less religious than women, nearly 70 percent of black men said they were religious, compared with 65 percent of Hispanic women and 55 percent of white women. Pew Research Center reported Wednesday.

Black women are the 80% most religious demographic in the country, according to analysis of 2014 data from more than 35,000 Americans across the county.

Pew determined levels of religious belief based on answers to four questions: frequency of prayer, belief in God, attendance at religious services, and the importance of religion in their lives.

When it comes to “absolute certainty” that God exists, black men were once again superior to black women. About 78 percent of African American men had no doubts about the existence of God. When asked the same question, 67 percent of white women and 65 percent of Hispanic women had the same level of certainty.

About 86% of black women believed in God without a doubt.

Historically, black churches remain an integral part of black communities across the country. Another Pew study, published in February, determined that the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. is currently the largest denomination among historically black churches.

However, there is a generational gap. While 63% of African Americans born between 1928 and 1945 are associated with a historically black denomination, only 41% of black Millennials have the same association.

At the same time, the percentage of African Americans with no religious affiliation (atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular”) continues to increase. In 2007, they represented 12% of the black population. In 2014, this group grew to 18 percent. In fact, the number of Americans with no religious affiliation has increased across all races and ethnicities.

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