Faith survey says....
- 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
-- Called Out moderator
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