Survey shows more complaints about Christians
    October 27 2010 by Adelle M Banks, Religion News Service

    When asked about Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits, according to a new survey.

    The negative contribution cited most was hatred or violence in the name of Jesus, according to the Barna Group survey. Other frequently cited examples included opposition to gay marriage and the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal.

    The positive contribution mentioned most was Christians’ helping the poor, as well as evangelism and influencing the country’s values.

    “Overall, there was a more extensive and diverse list of complaints about Christians and their churches than there was of examples of the benefits they have provided to society,” said the Barna Group, a Christian firm that researches U.S. faith and culture, in a report released Oct. 25.

    Researchers, who asked open-ended questions, found that one in four respondents could not name a single positive contribution made by Christians in recent years to American society. Just 12 percent could not think of a single negative contribution.

    The findings were based on telephone interviews Aug. 16-22 with a random sample of 1,000 U.S. adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
    10/27/2010 6:15:00 AM by Adelle M Banks, Religion News Service | with 1 comments




Comments
Gary Bryson
Most of the general public can't tell a real Christian from a fake one. Add to that problem the fact that most people today view Biblical morality as an unwelcome restraint, and Biblical doctrine as outdated opinion, and it isn't surprising that the negatives outweigh the positives. Get used to it, if you're going to live Biblically. We are not going to win any popularity contests in this age.
10/28/2010 12:11:52 AM

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