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The findings of a new poll of 1,600 American adults offer a fresh perspective on the nature of faith.
They also challenge some assumptions about faith and the way we relate to others.
The survey found that almost all Americans feel a deep connection to their faith, but that some people feel disconnected.
About a third of people have been in a deep, personal relationship with God, but only about half say they feel close to people and places in their lives.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that faith has a deep and lasting effect on us, regardless of how people interact with others.
About 60% of Americans say they find a spiritual connection in their faith.
The findings challenge assumptions about how people relate to each other, according for the survey.
About one-third of Americans said that faith was an important part of their life.
About 70% of people who said they are in a relationship with a religious person said they had found a spiritual link.
The new survey is the first to track the nature and importance of religious connections, and it found that many Americans feel disconnected from people and the world.
The results also contradict the commonly held idea that people are more religious if they believe in a central figure, the study found.
People who believe in God are more likely to say that they feel connected to the world around them and more likely than people who believe only in a single, central figure to be religious.
“It’s a fascinating study that shows that there’s a strong and lasting connection between people’s religiosity and their sense of belonging,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer L. Reiss, a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California.
“Religion can be a powerful source of identity and belonging, but it’s not the only important thing in people’s lives.”
Religion has a powerful impact on how we think, feel and behave, and in the long term can even be a source of resilience.
For many, the connection with a deity, god or other divine entity is the key to their lives and the strength of their beliefs.
The majority of people surveyed have an attachment to the religion that they hold.
About half of all Americans said they have a strong sense of faith, and about half have an even stronger sense of spirituality.
The American Values Survey also found that the sense of connectedness to people, places and things has been growing.
About 60% have a sense of a personal connection to people in their own community, and more than a third say that the same is true of others.
More than one-quarter have had a close relationship with others in their community, as well as a strong personal connection with other people.
More than half have had relationships with people from a place of faith or another, and the majority of these have been personal, with just over half saying they felt connected to someone in their life at some point.
About three-quarters of people feel a connection to other people when they have been with them at some time.
More people say they have seen a person of the same faith in a church, synagogue or temple.
About one-fifth of Americans identify as atheist or agnostic.
About two-thirds of Americans have a personal relationship to a member of the Jewish faith, with about half saying the same about Muslims.
About a third have had close relationships with atheists or agnostics.
About half have seen someone of the other faith in person.
The researchers say that while some people might find it easier to see themselves as “one of the religious,” many people do not.
About 80% of American adults say they would feel less comfortable or uncomfortable sharing a religious experience with someone else.
They are about half as likely as non-religious Americans to say they are less likely to feel safe sharing their religious beliefs with others, according the survey, and nearly one-fourth of American atheists say that religious people treat them poorly.