Only half of protestant pastors have a Biblical worldview

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I need to read more about their research, but this is very interesting.

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  1. Josh says:

    If a “Biblical Worldview” is defined by believing in the accuracy of biblical teaching, the sinless nature of Jesus, the literal existence of Satan, the omnipotence and omniscience of God, salvation by grace alone, and the personal responsibility to evangelize then I would expect there to be even less than 51% of pastors with a “Biblical Worldview”. When you’re talking “protestant,” there is a wide variation in these beliefs, and just having questions or not believing one would “disqualify” one from having a “Biblical Worldview” in this study. If you asked only Southern Baptist pastors this question, I think it would be higher than 51%, but not as high as you would think.

  2. Derek Lidbom says:

    They did ask:
    “The Southern Baptists had the highest percentage of pastors with a biblical worldview (71%) while the Methodists were lowest among the seven segments evaluated (27%).”

  3. Derek Lidbom says:

    Anyone find their definition of Biblical worldview?

  4. Derek Lidbom says:

    Another interesting quote:
    “The survey brought to light some unexpected differences based on pastoral background. The most intriguing of those relates to theological training. Educationally, the pastors least likely to have a biblical worldview are those who are seminary graduates (45%). In contrast, three out of five pastors who have not attended seminary operate with a biblical worldview (59%).”
    The site is very interesting. Sort of a Consumer Reports for Christianity. Sort of…

  5. Derek Lidbom says:

    More interesting stuff:
    From a poll in January 2003, “Born Again adults” represent 38% of the nation’s population. That’s higher than I would have thought.
    From http://www.barna.org/cgi-bin/PagePressRelease.asp?PressReleaseID=139&Reference=B
    Born again Christians were defined in these surveys as people who said they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven because they had confessed their sins and had accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Respondents were not asked to describe themselves as born again.

    Evangelicals are a subset of born again Christians in Barna surveys. In addition to meeting the born again criteria, evangelicals also meet seven other conditions. Those include saying their faith is very important in their life today; contending that they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; stating that Satan exists; maintaining that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works; asserting that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; saying that the Bible is totally accurate in all it teaches; and describing God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect deity who created the universe and still rules it today. Being classified as an evangelical is not based on church attendance nor on the denominational affiliation of the church they attend. Further, respondents were not asked to describe themselves as evangelical.

  6. Josh says:

    “Biblical Worldview” is defined by believing in the accuracy of biblical teaching, the sinless nature of Jesus, the literal existence of Satan, the omnipotence and omniscience of God, salvation by grace alone, and the personal responsibility to evangelize.

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