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80% name the Bible as the most influential book in human history
58% believe the Bible is totally accurate in all it teaches*
38% read the Bible during a typical week, not including when they are at church*
the King James Version is more likely to be the Bible read during the week than is the NIV by a
5:1 ratio
91% of all households own at least one Bible
the typical household owns 3 Bibles
among Bible readers, the average amount of time spent reading the Bible during an entire week
is 52 minutes
22% say they have read the entire Bible
Bible Knowledge
45% say they know the basic teachings and beliefs of Christianity "very well"
42% know that it was Jesus who preached the Sermon on the Mount
80% say the Bible specifically says that "God helps those who help themselves"
12% say that the name of Noah's wife was Joan of Arc
Ministry Involvement
18% attend a small group or cell group in a typical week*
23% attend a Sunday school class in a typical week*
25% volunteer to help a church during a typical week*
Spiritual Gifts
29% of all adults - and 40% of Baby Buster adults - have never heard of spiritual gifts
69% have heard of spiritual gifts but do not know what their spiritual gift is
1% of adults and 9% of senior pastors claim they have the gift of evangelism
1% of adults and 6% of senior pastors claim they have the gift of leadership
the most common gift claimed by church-goers is the gift of teaching (5%)
the most common items mentioned as spiritual gifts which are not biblical gifts are love,
kindness, relationships, singing, and listening
7% say they have spoken in tongues
13% have heard of the gift of tongues but say it is not operative today
62% say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life
among those who say they are Christian and attend a Christian church, 49% say they are
"absolutely committed" to the Christian faith*
among born again Christians, 66% say they are "absolutely committed" to the Christian faith*
39% say it doesn't matter what faith you embrace because they all teach the same lessons
Christian Lifestyle
27% of born again Christians have been divorced; 23% of non-Christians have been divorced
23% of all born agains buy a lottery ticket in a typical week
33% of born again adults say it is impossible for them to get ahead in life because of the
financial debt they have incurred
24% of the born again population believe that lying is sometimes necessary
80% of born again adults say they are an outstanding role model for today's young people
10% of born again adults who have children under the age of 18 home school their children*
32% of those who call themselves Christian say they have never experienced God's presence
6% define "success" in relation to spirituality
Beliefs About Deity
96% believe in God*
69% believe in God described as the all-powerful, all-knowing, perfect creator of the universe
who rules the world today*
15% say God is no longer involved in their life
93% believe in the virgin birth
39% say Jesus did not have a physical resurrection
43% believe that Jesus Christ committed sins; 28% of born again Christians concur*
61% say that the Holy Spirit is not real, but just a symbol of God's presence or power; 55% of
born again believers hold this view
61% say Satan is not living being but a symbol of evil; that includes 47% of born again
Beliefs About Salvation
56% say a good person can earn their way into Heaven*
44% say if a person does not consciously accept Christ as savior, they will be condemned to Hell
44% say all people experience the same outcome after they die, regardless of their religious
34% say there are some sins that God cannot forgive
31% believe that Hell is a literal, physical place, 37% say it is separation from God
Church Affiliation
72% say they are church members
11% describe themselves as atheists or agnostics*
Protestants outnumber Catholics by a 2 to 1 ratio*
Largest denominations, by adult attendance: Catholic (29%), Baptist (20%)*
22% of all adults attend a mainline Protestant church*
5% attend a non-denominational, Christian church*
2% attend a Mormon church*
Less than 1% of all adults associate with the Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu faiths*
2% are Jewish*
15% say they are "evangelical"
25% say they are "fundamentalist"
69% say they are "religious"*
51% say they are "theologically conservative"
26% say they are "part of the Religious Right"
Born Again definition
43% of adults, 34% of teenagers are born again*
there are 92-98 million born again people, of all ages, in the U.S.*
20% of all born agains are Catholic; among Catholics, 31% are born again*
the denominations with the highest proportions of born again Christians are Assembly of God
(73%) and Southern Baptist (71%)
64% of all born again Christians accepted Christ before age 18
59% of African-Americans are born again; 41% of Hispanics; 43% of Caucasians
13% say they accepted Christ as savior in direct response to a sermon
59% of all born agains are female*
28% are registered as Democrats, 34% are registered as Republicans, 17% are not registered to
Evangelicals definition
6% of the population are evangelicals*
there are 12 million evangelical adults*
6% of evangelicals attend mainline churches; less than one-half of one percent attend Catholic
24% are registered as Democrats; 47% are registered as Republicans; 8% are not registered to
Evangelism and Outreach
about half of all born again Christian adults say they have shared their faith with a non-Christian
in the past year*
13% of born again Christians gave money to a homeless person in a typical week
43% of Protestant churches consider evangelism to be one of their top three ministry priorities
this year
47% of adults say they have a personal responsibility to tell others their religious beliefs; 72% of
born again adults embrace this responsibility*
Church Attendance
on a typical weekend, 115 to 120 million people, of all ages, attend religious services; 105 to 111
million attend Christian churches*
43% of adults attend church services in a typical week*
58% of adults attend church services at least once a month*
in a typical week, 53% of Catholics attend Mass; 66% of born again Christians attend church;
48% of Protestants*
almost half of the adults attending Christian church services during a typical month are not born
again (46%)*
Unchurched Adults definition
28% of all adults are unchurched; that's about 55 million adults
34% of all men are unchurched
unchurched adults are most likely to live in the West (35% of the region's residents) or Northeast
(34%), least likely in the South (19%)
22% of the unchurched are born again
82% were formerly regular church attenders
52% of adults donate money to a church in a typical month*
84% of adults donated money to a church in 1996
among households that donated to a church in 1996, the median household donation to churches
was $501
the median total church donations in 1996 among born again donors was $674
the median total church donations in 1996 among Catholics was $300; among Protestants it was
29% of those who donate to churches believe that the Bible commands us to tithe
17% of adults claim they tithe; 3% actually do so
14% of all adults donate to parachurch ministries
Born again Christian: we do not classify a person as "born again" if they say they are so. They
are classified as such based on their response to two questions about their beliefs. The first
enables them to indicate they have "made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still
important in your life today". The second question asks about the afterlife; a born again Christian
would say that when they die they will go to Heaven because they have confessed their sins and
have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.

Evangelicals: In our surveys, we do not ask people to define themselves as an "evangelical." We
categorize an individual as an evangelical based upon their answers to nine questions about faith
matters. Those included in this segment meet the criteria for being born again, as described
above; say their faith is very important in their life today; believe they have a personal
responsibility to share their religious beliefs about Christ with non-Christians; believe that Satan
exists; believe that eternal salvation is possible only through grace, not works; believe that Jesus
Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and describe God as the all-knowing, all-powerful, perfect
deity who created the universe and still rules it today. Thus, evangelicals are a subset of the born
again population. Notice that being an evangelical has no relationship to church attendance or the
denominational affiliation of the church with which they associate.

Unchurched: this refers to anyone who has not attended a church service for at least six months,
excluding special events such as weddings or funerals.

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