If there ever was a time when Christians shared a single, unified worldview rooted in the scriptures and the church, it is now gone.
The Barna group announced this week that he found that only 17 percent of practicing Christians have a true biblical worldview.
His new research “found strong agreement with ideas unique to unbiblical worldviews among practicing Christians,” Barna said in a study titled “Competing Worldviews Influence Christians Today,” published Tuesday. in partnership with Summit Ministries.
“This widespread influence on Christian thought is evident not only among competing worldviews, but even among competing religions,” Bara said.
One of the greatest influences Barna found in the outlook of Christians is that of the “new spirituality.” Sixty-one percent of Christians said they agreed with the ideas generated there.
“For example, nearly three in ten Christians … practicing strongly agree that ‘everyone prays to the same god or spirit, regardless of the name they use for that spiritual being’,” he said. reported Barna.
Another 27 percent say “being one with all that is” gives their life meaning and purpose.
Postmodernism – defined here as an abandonment of objectivity – is another significant influence. Barna said 19% of those polled agreed there was no way to determine the meaning and purpose of life.
Even among those who did not accept this point of view, there were those who accepted other tenets of postmodernism, Barna found.
“Overall, more than half (54%) of practicing Christians adopt at least one of the postmodern statements assessed in the research.
These interviewees told Barna that the purpose of life is “to earn as much as possible in order to get the most out of life”. Hispanics and 31 percent of Catholics.
The research group added that the results of their study were heavily influenced by generation.
“First, Millennials and Gen-Xers, who have come of age in a less Christianized context, are, in some cases, up to eight times more likely to accept these views than baby boomers. and the Elders, ”Barna said. “The same goes for the genre; men are generally more open to these worldviews than women, often at a 2: 1 ratio.