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Reasons to believe

For those who participated in a national study carried out in 2001, reasons for religious beliefs are the following (to a great extent):
- believing in God (81,08%)
- respect for the traditions of the family and of the people (71,35%)
- tranquillity and spiritual peace (70,59%)
- education (66,25%)
- the need for protection and security (66,02%)
- the desire to preserve a pure soul (64,45%)
- the desire for redemption (63,71%)
- "it makes me a more honest, decent and moral person” (59,31%)
- religious practices (58,73%)
- "I experience special feelings in church” (55,21%)
- habit (33,29%)
- encouragement from relatives (24,39%)

Study results chart: “I believe because…”

To a great extent (%) Probably(%) Not at all (%) No answer (%)
I am sure that God exists 81,08 13,09 2,50 3,33
I want my soul to be redeemed 63,71 22,73 6,12 7,45
I experience special feelings in church 55,21 25,01 10,88 8,90
It makes me a more honest, decent and moral person 59,31 25,01 7,31 8,38
I want to keep my soul pure 64,45 20,59 6,09 8,88
It makes me feel more protected, like I am safe 66,02 18,40 7,33 8,28
Believing gives me tranquillity and spiritual peace 70,59 17,13 5,64 6,64
The religious practices are appealing (beautiful) 58,73 22,80 8,83 9,64
I respect the traditions of the family and the people 71,35 15,23 6,52 6,90
I was educated this way 66,25 17,49 9,14 7,12
It’s a habit 33,29 25,11 25,68 15,92
My relatives encourage me to 24,39 20,06 38,46 17,09

National Survey “The Religiosity of the Romanian population in 2001”, Ministry of Religions, Department of Socioreligious Research, Constantin CUCIUC, Laurentiu TANASE (Dir.) Unpublished information.

D 2 October 2012    AManuela Gheorghe

CNRS Unistra Dres Gsrl

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