Mixed up…messed up…and confused: 83% of Christians hold non-biblical…non-Christian…beliefs…
“Research finds Christians hold dizzying array of historically non-Christian beliefs…
If there ever was a time when Christians shared a single, unified worldview rooted in scriptures and church, it’s over now.
The Barna Group announced this week that it found only 17 percent of practicing Christians have an actual biblical worldview.
Example: 38 percent of Christians said they are sympathetic to some Muslim teachings.
One of the biggest influences Barna said it found in Christians’
outlooks is that of “New Spirituality.” Sixty-one percent of Christians
said they agree with ideas generated there.
“For instance, almost three in 10 … practicing Christians strongly
agree that ‘all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what
name they use for that spiritual being,’” Barna reported.
Another 27 percent say that “becoming one with all that is” provides meaning and purpose to their lives.
Postmodernism — defined here as an abandonment of objectivity — is
another significant influence. Barna said 19 percent of those surveyed
agreed that there is no way to determine the meaning and purpose of
Even among those who did not embrace that viewpoint there were those who did accept other tenets of postmodernism, Barna found.
“As a whole, more than half (54%) of practicing Christians embrace at
least one of the postmodern statements assessed in the research.”
A large number of Christians also embrace secularism in their
worldviews. One of its component beliefs, materialism, holds that the
material world is all that exists.
Those respondents told Barna that the purpose of life is “’to earn as
much as possible so you can make the most of life.’” That attitude was
shared by 20 percent of Christians, including by 24 percent of African
Americans, 27 percent of Hispanics and 31 percent of Catholics.
The research group added that the results of its study were heavily swayed by generation.
“First, Millennials and Gen-Xers, who came of age in a less
Christianized context, are, in some cases, up to eight times more likely
to accept these views than Boomers and Elders,” Barna said. “The same
is true of gender; males are generally more open to these worldviews
than women, often at a 2:1 ratio.”