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Here is a fascinating new Barna study.

ChurchRural.jpgHow true is this to your experience? (Any suggestions about how to measure “orthodox biblical response”?)

“On all 9 of the belief statements tested, attenders of large churches
were more likely than those engaged in a small or mid-sized
congregation to give an orthodox biblical response – e.g., the Bible is
totally accurate in all the principles it teaches, Satan is not merely
symbolic but exists, Jesus led a sinless life, God is the all-knowing,
all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe, etc.”

Religious Beliefs of Protestants, by Congregational Size
(N=1,334)

Belief description* 1-100** 101-200 201-499 500-999 1000+
Bible is totally accurate in all the principles it teaches 60% 63% 70% 67% 75%
Have personal responsibility to tell others your beliefs 41 44 47 53 61
Your religious faith is very important in your life 82 83 90 88 90
Satan/devil is a living being not just a symbol of evil 30 29 36 38 51
A good person cannot earn a place in Heaven 33 39 47 48 55
On earth Jesus Christ did not commit sins, like other people 49 50 59 65 74
God is the omnipotent, omniscient creator who rules all 81 81 86 86 90
Born again Christian (see definition below) 63 64 69 81 75
Evangelical Christian (see definition below) 9 11 21 24 25
Number of respondents in this subgroup 547 306 247 120 114

* these are descriptions of the actual survey questions, not the wording of the questions actually used in the research.
** Adult attendance on an average weekend

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