Hat-tip to s8int.com, whom I love to read, even if I don’t always agree with every little thing he reports. (Notably, he makes a point of mentioning sometimes that he simply reports items of interest he finds; his reporting doesn’t mean he necessarily sanctions the item in question.)
In this case, he’s posting up David Yount’s article (for the Scripps Howard News Service – Religion desk) on this year’s polling results from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. (According to the article, Yount combines these results with that of another major poll, but the article isn’t clear how.)
The item of interest for orthodox universalism and ecclesiology (or potential ecclesiology anyway), is this:
“Only 29 percent of Americans believe that anyone is excluded from heaven. Three-fourths of Americans also believe in hell”.
This is what we may call an interesting statistical spread. It implies that around 53% of Americans believe in hell (i.e. that God punishes the unjust in some way) yet also don’t believe that (or don’t know whether) anyone is excluded from heaven (which delimits the kind of punishment.)
Or anyway, that’s how it seems. Anyone better at stats than I am, care to have a crack at this?