One of the first questions to examine is, which religions or faith traditions are the most popular among Asian Americans and among each of the different Asian ethnic groups?Unfortunately, nationally representative and reliable statistics are difficult to find.But they all share the commonality of helping Asian Americans adjust to life in the U. and all the issues that surround what it means to be an Asian American.As several social scientists point out, these various forms of spirituality and faith help Asian Americans to deal with the upheavals of immigration, adapting to a new country, and other difficult personal and social transformations by providing a safe and comfortable environment in which immigrants can socialize, share information, and assist each other.The 2008 study includes data from a large, nationally representative sample of 54,461 U. You can place your cursor over each religion or denomination to see a detailed listing of specific denominations included within each of these categories, or you can visit the ARIS 2008 Appendix as well.The results show that while no religion can claim a majority of followers in the Asian American community, as of 2008, those who claim no religious affiliation are the largest group.Unfortunately, neither the ARIS nor the USLRS studies break the religious affiliation down to specific Asian ethnic groups.
Interesting, once the unique faiths within the "Eastern Religions" category are expanded, we see that Hinduism is the mos popular eastern faith among Asian Americans (due largely to the large size of the Indian American population), with Buddhism second.Currently, Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events.In each teaching, God is the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity.These Eastern Religions saw a dramatic increase from 1990 to 2001, then leveled off in 2008.
Catholics are the third-largest group at 17% in 2008, with their proportions declining notably from 27% in 1990.
One of the largest, most up to date, and most comprehensive sources is the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), conducted by researchers at Trinity College (CT).