Several years (decades?) ago, George Gallup, Jr. presented one of the Chautauuqa Institution morning lectures. Sounds fascinating, huh? A lecture on statistics?
It was fascinating! If you read his Times obituary, you'll discover that he had a lifelong fascination with religion, and religion was the topic he addressed on that long-ago morning.
What stuck with me was his announcement that 96% of Americans say that they believe in God; only 4% claim to be agnostic or atheist. (I suppose those percentages may have changed somewhat in the past fifteen to twenty years.)
I was astonished. Had you grown up in my family, you would have concluded the numbers to be somewhat the opposite.
After I wrote the previous post, I tried to think of an example of someone praying, discussing prayer, or teaching prayer, in my family, immediate and extended.
I have been unable to come up with a single one.
Perhaps prayer happened, but not in any way that was communicated to me.