The State of Our Theology: It’s Good and Bad

ChurchLeaders | 10/16/2018 | Staff
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In the third installment of its State of Theology survey, Ligonier Ministries uncovers several interesting trends, especially among young adults. Every two years, the Christian discipleship organization, in conjunction with LifeWay Research, takes the “theological temperature” of Americans. For the 2018 survey, 3,002 adults (581 of whom hold evangelical beliefs) answered questions about their faith and ethics.

Among Millennials (those ages 18 to 34), “the survey picks up some fascinating, and perhaps unexpected, results,” Ligonier says. For example, 18 percent of young adults now claim to profess evangelical beliefs, up from 14 percent in 2016. And 62 percent agree with the statement “Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.” That’s up from 53 percent two years ago.

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“There has been a significant change for the better among Millennials across a range of questions when compared to previous State of Theology surveys—so much so that they score higher than any other age group in several areas,” according to Ligonier. “Whether this is an anomaly or will continue unabated in future years remains to be seen.”

Millennials’ views matter, the organization notes, because these are the people who “will eventually shape the future of America.” They’re also the future leaders of the church and play key roles as social influencers.

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Despite some promising numbers, the 34-question survey reveals confusion among Millennials—and adults of all ages—about some basics of the Christian faith.

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