July 11th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
By Anna-Lysa Gayle, CNN
(CNN)–Twitter isn’t exactly scientific evidence, but it can produce conversation starters. Many readers registered a variety of responses to Dan Merica's recent story, about a study that said Americans tweeted more about church than beer.
The study was conducted by Floatingsheep.org, looking at geotagged tweets with the words "church" or "beer" in them. Geotagging allows users of the social media site to indicate their precise location when they send a message.
More tweets about church than beer came from the southeastern United States. On the other hand, more tweets about beer than church came from parts of the Northeast.
Stories that combine alcohol and religion always get lots of attention from our readers. Look no further than J. Wilson's beer-only lenten fast. His story about his 46-day beer-only fast racked up a ton of comments, tweets and Facebook recommends.
The beer/church Twitter comparison also got people typing.
Best-selling author Lee Strobel was interested in the geographic breakdown:
Strobel, a journalist turned pastor, has written several self-help guides for Christians to spread and rediscover their faith, including the popular "The Case for Christ."
For Belief Blog commenter Willow, the two words aren't an either-or proposition.
In the same vein, @Danny_Perez tweeted:
"Christian hipster" Brett McCracken chimed in on Twitter along the same lines.
McCracken has previously noted on this blog that there are plenty of "Christian hipsters" who drink. "Christian hipsters tend to serve scotch at their small-group Bible studies, and are largely supportive of such things (mostly good things, I might add) as locally grown produce, thrift stores, fixed-gear bikes, Jon Stewart, traveling abroad, Wes Anderson films, Wendell Berry books, and tobacco (in all forms except chewing).”
Others disagreed with the study's findings.
Commenter Derp thought the study was lacking detail.
Lots of commenters on the story sought to combine church and beer.
And one of our favorite comments came from an anonymous commenter who put together a top ten list.
The comments section is open here, so don't miss your chance to chime in.
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