Texas is a part of the strongly socially conservative, Evangelical Protestant Bible Belt. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to three major evangelical seminaries and several of America's largest megachurches, including the Potter's House pastored by T.D Jakes and Prestonwood Baptist pastored by Jack Graham. Houston is home to the largest church in the nation, Lakewood Church, pastored by Joel Osteen. Lubbock, Texas has the most churches per capita in the nation.
In 2000, the religious demographics of Texas were:
- Evangelical Protestant – 64.4%
- Mainline Protestant – 8.1%
- Orthodox – 0.1%
- Roman Catholic – 21.0%
- Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslim, others; 2.0%
- Unclaimed – 4.5%
The largest single denominations by number of adherents in 2000 were the Catholic Church 4,368,969, the Southern Baptist Convention 3,519,459 and the United Methodist Church 1,022,342. Evangelical Protestant Christian influence has had a strong social, cultural, and political impact in Texas throughout its history, but not all Texans share this view of Christian religious doctrine. Austin, the state capital, is perceived as a more secular and liberal community.
Other religious groups in Texas include Jewish Texans, a unique subculture of the American Jewish community. Most of the state's estimated 128,000 Jews live in or around Dallas and Houston.
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