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Survey: Less Than 1 Percent of Young Adults Hold Biblical Worldview
The Christian Post ^ | March 10, 2009 | Jennifer Riley

Posted on 03/10/2009 1:55:01 PM PDT by Squidpup

Less than one percent of the youngest adult generation in America has a biblical worldview, found a new study examining the changes in worldview among Christians and the overall U.S. population.

The Mosaic generation, those between the ages of 18 and 23, “rarely” have a biblical worldview as defined by The Barna Group. The research data found that less than one-half of one percent of Mosaics have a biblical worldview.

A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

Only if someone held all the above beliefs did the research consider the person as having a biblical worldview.

George Barna, who directed the research, commented on the “troubling” generational pattern that suggests “parents are not focused on guiding their children to have a biblical worldview.”

“One of the challenges for parents, though, is that you cannot give what you do not have, and most parents do not possess such a perspective on life,” he noted.

The research shows that only nine percent of all American adults have a biblical worldview, which although significantly higher than that of the Mosaic generation is still a small proportion of the total population.

Among “born again Christians,” the study found that they are twice as likely as the average adult to have a biblical worldview. However, that still amounted to no more than about one out of five (19 percent) born again Christians, a small minority, the study pointed out.

A born again Christian is defined by Barna as those who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today and that they are sure they will go to Heaven after they die only because they confessed their sins and accepted Christ as their savior.

Some of the problems American adults and born again Christians have with the biblical worldview definition include believing that moral truth is absolute and unaffected by the circumstances.

Only one third of all adults (34 percent) hold this worldview, and while more born again adults believe in absolute moral truth, still less than the majority possess this outlook (46 percent).

Another belief that American adults struggle with is the view that Satan is a real force. Only slightly more than a quarter of adults (27 percent) believe Satan is real, and less than half of born again adults (40 percent) have this worldview.

Also, 28 percent of all adults and 47 percent of born again Christians believe it is impossible for someone to earn their way to Heaven through good behavior.

The general American public and the born again population differ greatly when it comes to the belief that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life while He was on earth. Forty percent of adults hold this belief, while 62 percent of born again Christians are convinced that Jesus was sinless.

George Barna commented, “There are a several troubling patterns to take notice. First, although most Americans consider themselves to be Christian and say they know the content of the Bible, less than one out of ten Americans demonstrate such knowledge through their action." continue>


TOPICS: Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; barna; christians; generationy; worldview; youth
Narrow is the way...
1 posted on 03/10/2009 1:55:01 PM PDT by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup

I don’t believe you could take a poll on any true or false question and come up with only 1 percent.


2 posted on 03/10/2009 1:57:05 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Squidpup

Narrow is the poll too.


3 posted on 03/10/2009 1:57:47 PM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: Squidpup

And we are seeing the societal results of no longer holding a Biblical view. How’s that working out?


4 posted on 03/10/2009 1:57:49 PM PDT by bella1 (Remember; it took four years of Carter to give us eight years of Reagan.)
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To: Always Right
A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that absolute moral truth exists...

I went to a Christian college, and even there this idea was unpopular with people my age. I'm surprised the number is so low, but I can believe it.

5 posted on 03/10/2009 2:00:12 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Squidpup
A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

Of course if you identify numerous specific criteria and you have to agree with each, it would tend to give a very low percent.

6 posted on 03/10/2009 2:00:34 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Always Right

apparently a series of five true/false questions


7 posted on 03/10/2009 2:01:04 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Squidpup
the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches

The one seems a little bit misleading. I would think that New Testament teachings would be the standard. The God of the Old Testament and his followers didn't exactly follow todays morality.

8 posted on 03/10/2009 2:01:25 PM PDT by GunRunner
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To: Always Right

“Of course if you identify numerous specific criteria and you have to agree with each, it would tend to give a very low percent.”

You’re not supposed to say that, just swallow the interpretation of the results without question. You are also correct. It is a well established polling method for gnerating the results needed.


9 posted on 03/10/2009 2:03:09 PM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: Always Right
It wasn't just one yes or no (true or false) question.

I count five or six.

“A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that absolute moral truth exists(1); the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches(2); Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic(3); a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works(4); Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth (5); and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today(6).”

10 posted on 03/10/2009 2:03:43 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: Squidpup
From the article, reformatted:
A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that:
- absolute moral truth exists
- the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches
- Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic
- a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth
- God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today
Only if someone held all the above beliefs did the research consider the person as having a biblical worldview.
"...These two world views [Christian theism vs naturalist, impersonal matter or energy shaped by impersonal chance] stand as totals in complete antithesis to each other in content and also in their natural results--including sociological and governmental results, and specifically including law.
It is not that these two world views are different only in how they understand the nature of reality and existence. They also inevitably produce totally different results. The operative word here is inevitably. It is not just that they happen to produce different results, but it is absolutely inevitable that they will bring forth different results..."

- Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto (1981), page 2.

11 posted on 03/10/2009 2:08:16 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ( "Every country has the government it deserves" - Joseph Marie de Maistre)
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To: texmexis best
I could come up with a completely different questionnaire regarding what constitutes a "biblical" worldview.

It would have been more honest to just say, "X% of the polling sample agreed with the following statements."

Or they could have been even more honest and stated, "X% of the polling sample agreed with how we interpret certain passages in the Bible."

12 posted on 03/10/2009 2:10:48 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Alex Murphy

I don’t think these are particularly controversial points of Biblical doctrine: all orthodox Catholics would agree to them.

The fact that so few young people do merely indicates how badly catechesis has failed youth in the last 40 years or so.


13 posted on 03/10/2009 2:11:12 PM PDT by Philo-Junius (One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law.)
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To: bella1

fix the church first.
i haven’t been going to church for years now because i can’t find a pastor that could pass this quiz.
the sinless life and the omniscient, omnipresent God are the only two they all agree on.
I’m sick of pastors not believing in moral absolutes, or not believing the bible (last pastor “bible is a ‘story’ not a work of history”) or pastors that don’t believe in satan and his minions as a real force.
the worst is in “earning” your way in. going to church, doing good, tithing.. these thing alone won’t get you in.


14 posted on 03/10/2009 2:11:37 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: Squidpup

Narrow is they way to buy the Barna Group’s Books, workbook’s and accompnaying CDs to solve the problems that are shown by the most recent poll.

Probably can give a nice seminar too.


15 posted on 03/10/2009 2:13:59 PM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: Squidpup
The research data found that less than one-half of one percent of Mosaics have a biblical worldview.

I have Mosaic tile in my kitchen.

16 posted on 03/10/2009 2:14:36 PM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: Always Right

True, but which of those isn’t necessary for a biblical worldview?

The point wasn’t that young people aren’t Christians, but merely that even those who are don’t often have a completely biblical worldview.


17 posted on 03/10/2009 2:18:20 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Squidpup

This survey is nonsense... There are a large chunk of young adults who do hold a Biblical worldview, they just didn’t want to “put pearls before swine” so to speak. The one group in this country that is completely safe and posterity ever more is the Biblical Christian and the religious Jew.


18 posted on 03/10/2009 2:18:22 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: GunRunner

No but the principles were the same, even if the precise rules weren’t. Otherwise, what would be the point of using the Old Testament today?


19 posted on 03/10/2009 2:19:34 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Squidpup
A biblical worldview, as defined by the Barna study, is believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

Barna required a study to discover what Catholics and Jews have believed and taught for ages?

20 posted on 03/10/2009 2:19:50 PM PDT by jla
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To: Squidpup

This is pretty weak survey technique for all the reasons outlined above by sharp Freepers. I would also suggest that test-savvy people know to mark as “false” all questions with “always”, “never” and “absolute.”


21 posted on 03/10/2009 2:20:41 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: absolootezer0

Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, there’s got to be a bible believing church somewhere close by.

Forsake not the assemblying of yourselves...


22 posted on 03/10/2009 2:20:58 PM PDT by kailbo
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To: jla

I wonder what Barna thinks of the recent Catholic conference on evolution?

Probably knocks the Catholic Church out of his narrow box.


23 posted on 03/10/2009 2:21:52 PM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: Martin Tell
Which of the principles listed is not necessary for a biblical worldview? Which could you add that would be universally recognized by orthodox Christian scholars?

A principle like "a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works" is not merely one interpretation of certainly Bible passages; it's a fundamental tenet of Christianity.

24 posted on 03/10/2009 2:24:50 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Arguendo
Otherwise, what would be the point of using the Old Testament today?

I find the principles of Jesus and the principles of Joshua quite 'different', to put it mildly.

25 posted on 03/10/2009 2:25:55 PM PDT by GunRunner
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To: texmexis best

I didn’t see anything there that would conflict with an acceptance of evolution. I believe in evolution, and can answer yes to each of those questions.

This doesn’t require fundamentalism—just orthodox Christian beliefs—which is why it’s disturbing that so few people can accept it.


26 posted on 03/10/2009 2:28:14 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: GunRunner

I notice that you’re not a Christian. On the surface OT and NT principles appear quite different, but I don’t think many Christians who have studied the issue (perhaps excluding some dispensationalists—I’m not really sure what they believe) would accept that distinction.


27 posted on 03/10/2009 2:32:08 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Squidpup

The fields are ripe for harvest.


28 posted on 03/10/2009 2:36:22 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Arguendo

The heresy that the God of the Old Testament is not the God of the New Testament is called Marcionism, and is the primary reason the Church went to the trouble of establishing the canon of both Testaments.

Outsiders are of course free to disagree, but orthodox Christianity holds that the core principles of the two Testaments are identical, differentiated only by the difference in circumstance of time.


29 posted on 03/10/2009 2:43:34 PM PDT by Philo-Junius (One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law.)
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To: neocon1984

so you would mark False for the question of whether “absolute moral truth exists” ?


30 posted on 03/10/2009 2:53:26 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Squidpup

I can believe this, just look around you. Even conservatives rarely crack open a Bible. They’re too busy politiking on their computers. Oh well... ;)


31 posted on 03/10/2009 2:53:41 PM PDT by deannadurbin
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To: Arguendo
Yes and no. All of the questions presuppose that reformed Christianity (Calvinist) is the only proper interpretation of the Bible. While I can agree with the statement on its surface, it carries with it concepts of faith alone and total depravity. Many orthodox Christians do not agree with these concepts.

While certainly I agree that one cannot earn one's way into heaven, faith alone is not enough. At the Last Judgment, what will Jesus ask us and judge us on? Not on whether we believed, but whether we acted (fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, visited the sick and those in prison).

That said, faith is totally necessary. One cannot even know Jesus to start the good works without faith.

It's not a matter of faith versus works; it's both working together. I'm sure you are familiar with the Book of James.

32 posted on 03/10/2009 3:03:47 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Squidpup

I’ve seen a lot of phony polls, and this strikes me as one.

But I’ll give it this much credence. Quite often, even if you’ve been a Christian your entire life, even if you grow up well steeped in scripture, people will find that during their first few years of adulthood they have to relearn and rediscover it. Its a part of being a young adult. For a period people will often find themselves questioning what they’ve been taught and what they believe and how do you live what you believe.

Then at a certain point, it gels, and this time its not the child’s faith, its the faith of an adult.

This poll is aimed at the age group that is going through that rediscovery. Its a natural part of the maturing process as you transition from believing something because its what you were taught, to believing something because you’ve come to know it for yourself.


33 posted on 03/10/2009 3:13:03 PM PDT by marron
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To: Martin Tell

Agreed, but that doesn’t conflict with any of the principles listed. Works are important, but you obviously can’t earn your way into heaven through works.

I’m a Calvinist, but I think Catholics could also agree with all of these points. I think you’d start to find disagreement in some “emergent” churches (and is part of the reason I have a problem with these churches), and more serious disagreement in the old mainline denominations.


34 posted on 03/10/2009 3:17:08 PM PDT by Arguendo
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To: Arguendo
So glad we can agree.

My first post was due to what I perceived as an agenda on the part of the poll takers.

Perhaps C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) would be best positioned to devise an objective poll as to how many actually hold Christian beliefs.

35 posted on 03/10/2009 3:22:25 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: texmexis best

I wonder how the actual questions were worded in the actual poll. I suspect what we see here is a rephrase.


36 posted on 03/10/2009 4:20:08 PM PDT by lucias_clay (Its times like this I'm glad I'm a whig.)
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To: Squidpup

From the article:

Among “born again Christians,” the study found that they are twice as likely as the average adult to have a biblical worldview. However, that still amounted to no more than about one out of five (19 percent) born again Christians, a small minority, the study pointed out.

____________________________________________

Um... 19% is much more than twice <.5% . New math at work.


37 posted on 03/10/2009 6:30:32 PM PDT by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Squidpup

This is what happens when Biblical literacy is practically non-existent.


38 posted on 03/10/2009 6:31:54 PM PDT by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: absolootezer0
I'm just curious, what denomination did you belong to? No doubt there are a lot of “false” preachers. Christ himself warned us of them. That is why it is so important to know what the Bible says so we can guard against being deceived. There are bible-beliving churches out there. But as someone once said to me when I said the church was full of hypocrites.."well, there is always room for one more”. Try not to be discouraged. Read the Bible for yourself. We don't need to be in a church for it to change our lives. God bless.
39 posted on 03/10/2009 7:41:08 PM PDT by bella1 (Remember; it took four years of Carter to give us eight years of Reagan.)
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To: bella1

i don’t really have a denomination anymore. I spent years in an assembly of God church, went to a lutheran college, tried united brethren, methodist, first community, catholic, COGIC, and a couple others. denomination doesn’t really matter to me, as long as the teachings are sound.
i still believe, read my bible, and i know i will eventually find a church.


40 posted on 03/11/2009 8:17:40 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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41 posted on 04/08/2009 6:49:00 PM PDT by leftyontheright
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