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Practicing Christians “outpace all U.S. adults in poverty action,” according to Barna Group data released on April 26. In every category surveyed for its “The Good News about Global Poverty” report, Barna found that Christians “who consider their faith important and attend church regularly” were significantly more likely to be involved in work to end […] Read More

Evangelicals and non-mainline Protestants are the least familiar with liturgy among U.S. Christian traditions, according to a Barna Group report released on Feb. 13. Only 19 percent of self-identified evangelicals said they were very familiar with liturgy, just one percentage point above Protestant non-mainline respondents (18 percent). By comparison, 49 percent of Catholics and 37 […] Read More

Atheism is most common among Generation Z, while Christian affiliation is most common among Boomers and Elders, according to a Barna Group report released on Jan. 24. Thirteen percent of respondents in Generation Z (born 1999 to 2015) said they are atheists. By comparison, 7 percent of Millennials (born 1984 to 1998), 6 percent of […] Read More

The most “Bible-minded” U.S. cities continue to be located in the south, according to research by the Barna Group sponsored by the American Bible Society. Barna defines “Bible-minded” as “those who report reading the Bible in the past week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.” The report analyzed […] Read More

Only 17 percent of practicing Christians hold a biblical worldview. This finding caught my attention when it was released as part of a recent Barna Group report on May 9. EthicsDaily.com often publishes news briefs on surveys like this, so I read through it to consider whether to cover this report. Part of my role […] Read More

Boomers and Gen-Xers are the ones keeping the Bible’s place in U.S. life alive. This was a key finding in the American Bible Society’s 2017 State of the Bible report based on Barna Group survey data. Thirty-nine percent of Boomers (aged 52 to 70) and 34 percent of Gen-Xers (33 to 51) read the Bible […] Read More

U.S. adults who say they “love Jesus but not the church” represent a growing percentage of the population, according to the Barna Group. They are predominantly female (61 percent) and white (63 percent), with “Boomers,” those born between 1946 and 1964, representing the largest generation (44 percent). Barna defined this group as adults “who self-identify […] Read More

A desire to read the Bible more is a consistent desire of U.S. adults, according to the Barna Group. The percentage of U.S. adults who would like to read their Bible more has been consistent for the last five years – moving from 60 percent (2012) to 62 percent (2014) to 61 percent (2016). While […] Read More

Younger generations in the U.S. are more likely to affirm human causation driving climate change and global warming than their elders, according to a Barna Group survey. Forty-six percent of Millennials (born between 1984 and 2002) and 43 percent of Gen-Xers (1965 to 1983) said they were “absolutely sure” humans have caused climate issues, compared […] Read More

“Nones,” or religiously unaffiliated people, now represent 20 percent of the U.S. population, even as 73 percent of the nation still self-identifies as Christian, according to Barna Group’s 2016 State of the Church report. “These huge proportions belie the much smaller number of Americans who regularly practice their faith,” Barna explained, as only 31 percent […] Read More