Remember when Newt Gingrich was running for president? He took some heat for being unfaithful to his religious denominations (you thought I was going to say wives, didn't you?). He was raised a Lutheran, then became a Southern Baptist and now he's a Roman Catholic.
Changing religions, though, isn't all that uncommon.
According to the U.S. Religion Landscape Survey 28 percent of American adults have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion — or no religion at all.
The study reads, “If change in affiliation from one type of Protestantism to another is included, 44 percent of adults have either switched religious affiliation, moved from being unaffiliated with any religion to being affiliated with a particular faith, or dropped any connection to a specific religious tradition altogether.”
We asked our panelists about it.
Have you changed religions? Why or why not?