According to recent studies, 21% of atheists believe in God. 10% of them pray. A majority of atheists say that religion is somewhat or very important in their lives. This is slightly more than the larger category of the “nones,” those who say they have no particular religious identity, nearly half of whom say that religion is important to them.
Then again, those who do claim a religious identity do not necessarily have religious beliefs. Eight times as many religiously affiliated people doubt the existence of God than there are atheists and agnostics.
Douglas Laycock brings out these findings in his analysis of the recent Pew study of American religion and the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), excerpted after the jump. [Read more…]