Saturday, July 31, 2010

Does Americans’ faith run only skin-deep?

Does Americans’ faith run only skin-deep?
(World Magazine: Marcia Segelstein)

In a newly released poll from the Barna Group, only 12 percent of those surveyed said faith was their top priority. This despite the fact that, as the Barna press release points out, more than 75 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, commented on the numbers: “The gap is vast between self-described affiliation with Christianity and ascribing highest priority to that faith. When it comes to why so much of American religion seems merely skin-deep, this gap between what people call themselves and what they prioritize is perhaps most telling.”

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