The United States is a place of many religions

“The United States is, by and large, a nation of believers,” writes Pew Research Center’s Gregory A. Smith in his introduction to Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA.

Christianity in its many denominations is the majority faith in the U.S., but many other faiths are practiced. And there is a growing group of “nones”— people unaffiliated with any religion.

America’s rich religious heritage predates the founding of the United States. Images from Faith + Freedom, below, depict some of that history.

"Believe" sign and two ribbons on front of building (© Pat Canova/Alamy)
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church was built by railroad workers in High Springs, Florida, in 1896. Pioneers built small churches across the continent as they established new communities. (© Pat Canova/Alamy)
Animal shapes and other symbols carved into rock (© National Geographic)
Native Americans etched art into a rock of Utah sandstone called Tse’ Hane, or “rock that tells a story” in the Navajo language. It’s also known as Newspaper Rock. The art is at least 2,000 years old. (© National Geographic)
Painting of George Washington talking to many others in room (© Alamy)
George Washington, soon to become the first U.S. president, holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution at the 1787 constitutional convention. Religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution. (© Alamy)
Building behind fence and ceremonial arch (© AP Images)
Touro Synagogue, built in 1763 in Rhode Island, was the first Jewish temple constructed in the U.S. George Washington wrote to the congregation promising religious tolerance after a 1790 visit. (© AP Images)

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