Half of US Adults Use Web to Strengthen Faith

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About half of adults in America use the Internet for religious purposes, according to a new study.

Grey Matter Research conducted a poll of more than 1,000 adults in all 50 states. Forty-four percent of those surveyed say they use the Internet to enhance their faith. That comes by visiting their church website, seeking religious instruction, or simply 'friending' their pastor on a social network site.

The survey also found that evangelical Christians are more likely to use the Internet to strengthen their faith.
   
Of the self-identified evangelicals, 91 percent said they go online for religious purposes.

"It is very encouraging to see that so many people are turning to the Internet as a means of connecting in some way with their faith," Colin Hanna, president of the Pennsylvania Pastors' Network, said.

"In an age when religious worship attendance is declining, that people have an alternative to connect with faith-based communities is wonderful and something we encourage," he continued.

"Though nothing is a replacement for the personal relationship that most people build in their local church, the Internet is a solid addition that can help people grow in their faith," Hanna said.

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