Monday, January 24, 2005

Interesting Article on Christianity

This is a very thought provoking article on Protestant Christians and how they don't really differ from their non-religious counterparts. Here are some highlights:

In a 1999 national survey, George Barna found that the percentage of born-again Christians who had experienced divorce was slightly higher (26 percent) than that of non-Christians (22 percent).
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As we got richer and richer, evangelicals chose to spend more and more on themselves and give a smaller and smaller percentage to the church. Today, on average, evangelicals in the U.S. give about two-fifths of a tithe.
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A story in the New York Times reported that, according to census data, in the 1990s the number of unmarried couples living together jumped a lot more in the Bible Belt (where a higher percentage of the total population are evangelicals) than in the nation as a whole.
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In 1989 George Gallup Jr. and James Castelli published the results of a survey to determine which groups in the U.S. were least and most likely to object to having black neighbors—surely a good measure of racism. Catholics and nonevangelical Christians ranked least likely to object to black neighbors; 11 percent objected. Mainline Protestants came next at 16 percent. At 17 percent, Baptists and evangelicals were among the most likely groups to object to black neighbors, and 20 percent of Southern Baptists objected to black neighbors.
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Look I certainly believe that anyone can believe whatever they wish to believe, and worship whatever they wish to worship. That's a large part of what makes me a Democrat. But evangelicals are the politically active Christians who want to remake our country to fit their narrow view of what God wants.

Yet they can't even get their own house in order. As a group, you really have to have a lot of balls to scream about moral outrage when you're statistically no different from the rest of America. Evangelical Christianity apparently doesn't work. Why should our laws be shaped by what these people believe if it's not working for them?