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The 'Favorite Sin' Protestants Confess More Than Catholics (or All Americans)

Barna examines temptations by gender, generation, and denomination–and how technology has created new ones.

As New Year's resolutions face their first weeks of testing, the Barna Group has released a new study on the "changing state of temptation" in America.

The study, which examines "America's favorite sins" and defenses from them, notes new temptations created by technology–such as "spending too much time on media" (44%)–as well as Western-specific temptations such as procrastination (60%) and worrying (60%). But the focus is more or less on the traditional "seven deadly sins."

Most interesting are the differences in admitted temptation based on religious identity. Protestants are tempted more than Catholics (or Americans in general) by eating too much (66% vs. 44% vs. 55%). By contrast, Catholics are tempted more than Protestants (or Americans in general) by gossip (29% vs. 22% vs. 26%).

Protestants are also more likely than Catholics to say they struggle with procrastination (57% to 51%) and being lazy (40% to 28%). (The study identifies practicing Christians as those who "have attended a ...

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