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'War Room' True to Life: Women More Religious than Men

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When you look around your congregation on Sundays, chances are there are more women in the service than men, and that observation is right in line with the findings of a new study.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, women are more religious than men.

"The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World," found that 84 percent of women from around the world identity with a faith group, compared with 79.9 percent of men.

This devotion is despite the fact that in many religions and denominations, women do not hold positions of power.

The criteria used for the study included worship service attendance and frequency of prayer, revealing that Christian women were more likely to attend religious activities than men. 

The study's findings seem to be playing out on the big screen.

The hit faith-based movie "War Room" was based on the prayer life of two women. 

And Bishop T.D. Jakes rose to fame in part because of his "Woman Thou Art Loosed" ministry.

The Bible also highlights the love women have for God, and the role Jesus played in elevating the dignity of women, by treating them with honor and kindness even though their culture often did not.

And the Easter season is also a reminder of that closer connection. A group a women sought to care for the body of Jesus, and the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection was a woman - Mary Magdalene.

The Pew study also found that 64 percent of American women say they pray daily, while only 47 percent of men do so in the U.S.  In France, only 15 percent of women and 9 percent of men prayed daily.

The only religions where men tend to be more devout than women are Islam and Orthodox Judaism. In both faiths, men are more likely to attend religious services than women.

So why are women generally more religious than men?

Some of the reasons in the study included biology, psychology, family environment and social status, because women tend to be more open about sharing personal problems and are often more relational than men.

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Charlene Aaron

Charlene Aaron serves as a general assignment reporter, news anchor, co-host of The 700 Club, co-host of 700 Club Interactive, and co-host of The Prayerlink on the CBN News Channel. She covers various social issues, such as abortion, gender identity, race relations, and more. Before joining CBN News in 2003, she was a personal letter writer for Dr. Pat Robertson. Charlene attended Old Dominion University and Elizabeth City State University. She is an ordained minister and pastor’s wife. She lives in Smithfield, VA, with her husband.