Although 90 percent of Americans believe in God or a higher power, only 29 percent turn to religious teachings and beliefs for guidance on deciding between right and wrong. More than one half of the population (52 percent) relies on experience and common sense. Only a small minority turn to philosophy and reason (9 percent) and scientific information (6 percent) to help sort out right from wrong, according to the PEW Religious Landscape Survey.
Among the Christian groups, Catholics (57 percent) and Mainline Protestants (57 percent) are alike in relying on common sense and reason, whereas Evangelicals (54 percent) rely on religious teachings and beliefs.
Any thoughts on why philosophy, reason and science have very little traction?