New Survey Shows Americans’ Theological Beliefs Are All Messed Up

New polling of religious Americans suggests a majority understand basic beliefs but they are otherwise all over the theological map.

At the same time you’re reading that atheism is on the rise and the U.S. is fleeing churches, a survey by Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research finds nearly seven in ten Americans still believe God is perfect and two thirds believe the resurrection of Jesus was an actual historical event.

But when it comes to some of the more difficult truths of the gospel, Americans in general and even evangelicals are slipping. Half of evangelicals, for example, believe God accepts the worship of all religions.

The “State of Theology” survey is done every two years, Ligonier explains on its website, to take the “theological temperature” of the U.S.

Scott McConnell of Lifeway tells OneNewsNow the respondents were quick to agree with the “core elements” of biblical Christianity.

“But if there’s any hint that that might involve them,” he adds, “a lot of people back off.”

Fifty-five percent of evangelicals believe that while everyone sins a little, most people are good by nature.

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SOURCE: One News Now, Steve Jordahl