Research from the Barna group shows that Christians in the U.S. are “absorbing” non-biblical worldviews.
The study, conducted with Summit Ministries, found that only 17 percent of Christians had a “biblical worldview.” Instead, the study found “strong agreement with ideas unique to non-biblical worldviews among practicing Christians.”
The study showed that four in 10 practicing Christians were sympathetic to some Muslim teachings, 61 percent agreed with New Spirituality ideas, 54 percent could agree with postmodernist views, 36 percent agreed with some Marxist ideas and 29 percent believed some secularist ideas.
In one question asked in the study, about three in 10 practicing Christians said they strongly agree that “all people pray to the same god or spirit, no matter what name they use for that spiritual being.”
Younger people were more than eight times as likely to accept these “non-biblical” worldviews than older people. According to the study, men were more open to the ideas than women.
“The challenge with competing worldviews is that there are fragments of similarities to some Christian teachings, and some may recognize and latch on to these ideas, not realizing they are distortions of biblical truths,” said Brooke Hempell, senior vice president of research. “The call for the Church, and its teachers and thinkers, is to help Christians dissect popular beliefs before allowing them to settle in their own ideology.”
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Publication date: May 10, 2017
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.