Monday, March 19, 2007

only 100,000,000 to go (in the USA, that is)

George Barna's latest research shows that there are roughly one hundred million unchurched people in the United States. Here's a blurb from the article:

Life in America has changed greatly since 1994, with massive changes in technology, global politics, lifestyle choices and family dynamics. But one constant has been the proportion of adults in the population who are unchurched. During that period there have been noteworthy shifts in religious behavior, but the percentage of adults who have steered clear of churches for at least the past six months has remained stable since 1994.

A new survey released by The Barna Group, which has been tracking America’s religious behavior and beliefs since 1984, reveals that one out of every three adults (33%) is classified as unchurched - meaning they have not attended a religious service of any type during the past six months. While that figure is considerably higher than the one out of five who qualified as unchurched in the early Nineties, it is statistically unchanged since 36% were recorded as having avoided religious services in the company’s 1994 study.
One line in the article confuses me. It reads: "Within the various faith communities residing in the U.S., Christians are the most consistent church goers."

I'm wondering why one would be a "church goer" at all if he weren't a Christian, let alone a "consistent church goer."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jason,

I struggle with that myself.

So let's hear from avid "Christian church goers" and hear what they have to say.

A Christian Atheist
http://www.unexplainable.net/artman/publish/article_462.shtml


A Secular Christian
http://www.alternet.org/story/33236


For the Greater Glory of the Kindom of Jesus Christ,

John Flores
Frisco, Texas

Anonymous said...

First URL got cut off

http://www.unexplainable.net/artman/publish/article_462.shtml


John

Anonymous said...

Third time --- once again

http://www.unexplainable.net
/artman/publish
/article_462.shtml


John

Carol Herdien said...

I don't understand. How can a person be a Christian Atheist? I went to this website, but it was too weird and didn't explain the unexplainable: how can a person be a Christian Atheist? Please advise.

Carol Herdien

Jason Woolever said...

its beyond me, Carol!