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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE August 5, 2000 California-based Barna Research Group has announced the results of a survey of the religious beliefs of
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      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
      August 5, 2000

      California-based Barna Research Group has announced the results of a survey
      of the religious beliefs of Americans. One aim was to try to determine the
      extent to which religious beliefs are based on Biblical ideas.

      Take, for instance, "God helps those who help themselves". According to the
      Washington (DC) Post, that saying "is an ancient proverb that shows up in
      the literature of many cultures, including a 1736 edition of Benjamin
      Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack." But, "it does not appear in the Bible
      and suggests a spiritual self-reliance inconsistent with Christianity",
      according to a vice-president of the research group.

      Survey said that 75 percent of the 1,002 survey respondents agreed with the
      statement that the Bible teaches this maxim.

      More than 30 faiths were represented in the survey as well as atheists.
      About 40 percent described themselves as "born-again Christians".

      "Barna," according to the Post, "called 'astonishing' the numbers of
      born-again Christians whose views appear to conflict with the Bible. More
      than 40 percent of that group believe that the 'God helps those who help
      themselves' proverb is biblically [sic] based and that the Holy Spirit and
      Satan do not exist. More than 20 percent denied Jesus's physical
      resurrection and said Jesus the man was a sinner."

      "The results of Barna's dozen or so yearly surveys on faith and culture are
      meant to help Christian pastors and groups focus their ministries",
      according to the Post.

      The rest of the article, with more survey results is available at
      http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40991-2000Aug5.html

      -- Called Out moderator
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