The data also reveals subtle cultural divides among countries that are often lumped together. Many Japanese churches are very traditional, some would say behind the times, and they often adhere to firm denominational divides instead of assisting another in reaching their nation. But some trends stick out. Some of the more recently successful churches are those that are less traditional and work toward appealing to the nation's youth. People from Japan were more likely to indicate that they fell somewhere in the middle, and they either believed in God some of the time or said they were agnostic. Population by Religion: Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Japanese people who travel to the United States or Australia are more likely to become Christians while abroad, Chuman says, because they are removed from their culture. All Rights “Beliefs About God Across Time And Countries,” conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, asked the following question to determine the nature of belief or unbelief in God: Please indicate which statement comes closest to expressing what you believe about God: 1. New Study Offers Answer, Two Reasons Christians Should Be Passionate About Politics, Franklin Graham, Max Lucado, Colton Dixon, Sen. Tim Scott and More on the Edifi Podcast Network, The Christian Clothing Brand You Need to Know About - Elevated Faith, ‘Beyond The Walls’ Initiative to Help Pastors Publish Books, Supreme Court blocks New York's COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship, After failed reconciliation attempt with HBC, James MacDonald says firing was unbiblical, ‘In times of great adversity’: 7 Thanksgiving proclamations issued during national crises, Christian medical group urges churches to stop gathering amid pandemic: Don't make church an idol, China: House church pastor detained, fined for refusing to join state-controlled church, Number of children born with Down syndrome drops to 18 in Denmark, Ancient dwelling could be Jesus Christ’s boyhood home, archaeologist says, Christian bookstore forced to close after 2 customers arrested for violating UK lockdown orders. That's why the question of belief is such a fascinating frame for understanding worldwide religious trends: It offers insight into how people think about morality—not just whether they go to church. "While there is a modest, general shift away from belief in God, there is enormous variation across countries in the level of believers, atheists, and intermediate groups," the report states. The researchers looked at data from 30 countries where surveys, taken at two or more time points between 1991 and 2008, asked residents about their belief in God… The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, was found to have the highest percentage (84 percent) of people who "know God really exists and ... have no doubts about it," and the lowest percentage (less than one percent) of people who said they "don't believe in God" at all. Among all the nations mentioned in the report, atheism is highest in former East Germany, where 52 percent of people don't believe in God. Greece was more fervent than the rest of Europe, with almost half of respondents agreeing that God is necessary for morality. The survey's findings do not include Middle Eastern countries where a Muslim majority exists. The report, titled "Beliefs about God across Time and Countries," analyzes 30 countries based on surveys from the International Social Survey Programme conducted as far back as 1991 and as recently as 2008. ... Is it necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values? Countries with low atheism and high strong belief tend to be Catholic societies, especially in the developing world, plus the United States, Israel, and Orthodox Cyprus.". First, they asked a question to determine whether those surveyed were atheists, agnostics, deists, waivers (those who believe in God only some of the time), weak believers (those who believe but have doubts) or strong believers.