(Victoria Advocate) When the Rev. Mike Hurt leads counseling sessions in his private office, or answers questions - the difficult ones about life and spirituality and the lessons of God - he often engages on topics relating to the necessity of faith.
Does it really matter if religion is not the focal point of a person's life, or if they look to themselves first to find solutions, rather than God or the church?
Hurt would answer, "Yes, it matters."
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Apparently, so would a large percentage of Americans, who claim religion matters in public life.
Yet a Pew Research study released last month from the Religion and Public Life Project stated 72 percent of the public believes religion's influence on American life is waning.