According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 74 percent of Americans say they are Christian. But it doesn't take a survey to know that nowhere near 74 percent are showing up for church each week. The same is surely true for most synagogues and mosques. Theologian Karen Armstrong, in her book, The Case for God, makes the point that in ancient times, "Religion ... was not primarily something that people thought but something they did. Its truth was acquired by practical actions. There are some things that can be learned only by constant, dedicated practice, but if you persevere, you find that you achieve something that seemed initially impossible." In other words, there's a big difference between saying you believe in God (or darkening the door twice a year) and actually practicing your religion. Talk is cheap, but faith requires regular practice, and it might just be worth the effort.