Just 4% of US adults now hold worldview based on Bible, report shows

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – A new study shows that the percentage of US adults with a worldview based on the Bible dropped to just 4% during the pandemic, Christian Headlines reports. Part of the 2023 American Worldview Inventory, the study was led by George Barna at the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University.

The study shows that the percentage of self-identified Christians whose worldview is based on the Bible dropped from 9 percent before the pandemic to 6 percent now.

Especially notable, the percentage of born-again Christians (those who believe they will have eternal life in heaven because they confessed their sin and accepted Jesus as their Savior) dropped from 19 percent before the pandemic to 16 percent now, the Barna study reveals.

The study shows that a large majority of US adults are in what the researchers call “World Citizens,” such people may follow a few Biblical principles, but their lives are not determined by a worldview based on their understanding of the Bible. According to the study, this group has grown from 69 percent in 2020 to 82 percent.

“The COVID-19 lockdowns and lifestyle changes that began in early 2020 provided Americans with an opportunity to spend more time doing things their hectic, on-the-go lives precluded, such as reading the Bible,” Barna notes in the reports. “But it appears that as people’s lives were substantially altered by the virus and government policies, Americans were not spending the extra time devoting energy to spiritual matters and worldview enhancement,” he concludes.

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