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Spirit & Eco-Community

U.S. faith broad but not deep, Gallup says at DBU

The influence of cults and various religious ideas, compounded with Americans' poor theological foundations, has produced "a great deal of fuzziness in spirituality," he said. That particularly has taken its toll o­n mainline denominations--Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian--each of which has lost about o­ne-third of its membership in the past three decades.

"The bad news about religion in this country is there is a lot of superficiality," he added. For example, the Gallup Organization has polled people who simultaneously claim to be born-again Christians and say they practice "channeling" with spirits.

"It's not that Americans don't believe anything," Gallup said. "They believe everything."

"People are looking for moorings to a degree we haven't seen in seven decades of polling," he said. "People are thirsty. There is this profound hunger for God."

"Our Christian worldview ought to shape everything we're about," Lindsay said. "Christ causes our lives to be ordered. The drive for spiritual emphasis and spiritual growth is pervasive."