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Eco-Community with Spirit

A season for new faiths

It also asked for the first time whether someone had changed his or her religious preference, and 16% said yes. The biggest shifts were a move to no religion, not a new faith, or a move to shed any specific label.

Such statistics are snapshots of "people o­n a journey that may not be over," says Ariela Keysar, another co-author of the survey, noting that 1% to 5% of people returned to their original religion.

Among "switchers," interfaith marriage seems to be a primary force, Keysar says.