The March/April issue of Outreach Magazine listed six insights from interviews with Christians in America during 2010 (conducted by the Barna Group):
- The Christian church is becoming less theologically literate.
- Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented.
- Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.
- Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating.
- The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian church.
- The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible.
I’d hardly describe these as earth-shattering insights. Some of them I would downright contest. I think Bradley Wright (see review here) has done an excellent job at exposing shoddy research practices and misinterpretation of statistics and surveys. The Barna Group was one of those he singled out in his book.
However, #1 above is a definite issue that I’ve had repeated personal experience with. And because Christians are theologically illiterate, we see things like this taking place.
Read the book, people.
Which of the above list ring true to you, and which would you disagree with?