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May 2008
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A New Generation Expresses its Skepticism and Frustration with Christianity

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]navytron89) While browsing the [info]dailykosI saw this interesting article from the Barna Group. 

A New Generation Expresses its Skepticism and Frustration with Christianity

I'm curious after reading this does frustration towards Christianity come from the fact that Fundies and Dominionists are making such a bad name for Christians and is that why Christianity is losing the flock. This would also explain why they Fundies and Dominionists are thriving as to fight to keep Christianity alive against the loss of faith, they are using it to justify their existance. 

I find that the perceptions about Christianity are showing why its so disliked and I believe its do the the Fundies and Dominionist leaving their dirty handprints all over the place involving themselves where they don't belong and aren't asked to be. 

The Set of Perceptions

While Christianity has typically generated an uneven reputation, the research shows that many of the most common critiques are becoming more concentrated. The study explored twenty specific images related to Christianity, including ten favorable and ten unfavorable perceptions. Among young non-Christians, nine out of the top 12 perceptions were negative. Common negative perceptions include that present-day Christianity is judgmental (87%), hypocritical (85%), old-fashioned (78%), and too involved in politics (75%) - representing large proportions of young outsiders who attach these negative labels to Christians. The most common favorable perceptions were that Christianity teaches the same basic ideas as other religions (82%), has good values and principles (76%), is friendly (71%), and is a faith they respect (55%).

Even among young Christians, many of the negative images generated significant traction. Half of young churchgoers said they perceive Christianity to be judgmental, hypocritical, and too political. One-third said it was old-fashioned and out of touch with reality.

Interestingly, the study discovered a new image that has steadily grown in prominence over the last decade. Today, the most common perception is that present-day Christianity is "anti-homosexual." Overall, 91% of young non-Christians and 80% of young churchgoers say this phrase describes Christianity. As the research probed this perception, non-Christians and Christians explained that beyond their recognition that Christians oppose homosexuality, they believe that Christians show excessive contempt and unloving attitudes towards gays and lesbians. One of the most frequent criticisms of young Christians was that they believe the church has made homosexuality a "bigger sin" than anything else. Moreover, they claim that the church has not helped them apply the biblical teaching on homosexuality to their friendships with gays and lesbians.

I think I'll be adding this to my reading list while deployed and then give you all feedback later. Please note the feedback may be slow as I will be gone for 7-8 months. Books are my time killer on cruise.

The other thing is the Barna group involved with or tied to a Fundie/Dominionist group?

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