A new study of people who do not regularly attend church by LifeWay Research, “the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention,” shows us the following:
- 44% agree with the statement “Christians get on my nerves.”
- 72% agree that the church is “full of hypocrites.”
- 61% say the God of the Bible is “no different from the gods or spiritual beings depicted by world religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.,” although Buddhist philosophy has no god and Hindus worship many.
- 79% say “Christianity today is more about organized religion than loving God and loving people.”
Again, these numbers are only percentages of the “unchurched,” not the general population.
Other results from the survey are more favorable to Christians.
You can also see the results in this nifty-looking Powerpoint presentation.
On a side note, I like the headline about this survey from Fark:
Survey finds 44 percent of Americans are annoyed by Christians, going to hell