A stop-and-think survey

One of the most amazing surveys that I share with my students comes from the work of sociologist Jeffery Hayden. In 1982 Hayden sent a survey out to 10,000 Protestant ministers and pastors, of which 7,441 replied. The results are rather incredible. Keep in mind these are Christian pastors and ministers answering basic questions pertaining to Christian theology! I’ll let you draw your own conclusions, and I would love to hear what your conclusions are.

Was Jesus born of a virgin?

60% of Methodist pastors said, “NO”

49% of United Presbyterian pastors said, “NO”

44% of Episcopalian priests said, “NO”

19% of Lutheran pastors said, “NO”

Was Jesus the Son of God?

82% of the Methodist pastors said, “NO”

81% of United Presbyterian pastors said, “NO”

89% of Episcopalian priests said, “NO”

57% of Lutheran pastors said, “NO”

Is the Bible the inspired Word of God?

82% of Methodist pastors said, “NO”

81% of United Presbyterian pastors said, “NO”

89% of Episcopalian priests said, “NO”

57% of Lutheran pastors said, “NO”

Does Satan really exist?

62% of Methodist pastors said, “NO”

47% of United Presbyterian pastors said, “NO”

37% of Episcopalian priests said, “NO”

33% of American Baptist pastors said, “NO”

14% of Lutheran pastors said, “NO”

Did Jesus physically resurrect from the dead?

51% of Methodist pastors said, “NO”

35% of United Presbyterian pastors said, “NO”

30% of Episcopalian priests said, “NO”

33% of American Baptist pastors said, “NO”

13% of Lutheran pastors said, “NO”

These survey results were printed in Christ for the Nations magazine in the 80’s.

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