The Pew Forum released their U.S. Religious Landscape survey this past week. ABC News gushed about the survey results on their nightly news cast. Who would have thought that 2/3 of the Protestants surveyed would have agreed that other religions can lead to eternal life? Anybody ever heard of John 14:6?
Planet 56 is our Sunday School class for fifth and sixth graders at Lufkin’s First Baptist Church. Our goal has been to teach the children about the providence of God and to develop a Christian world-and-life view. We are just finishing up our first year in Planet 56 using the Children Desiring God literature.
We took a few of the Pew Forum questions and devised our own survey. As luck would have it, we had an attendance of 20 today (our largest ever!) and 12 preteens took the survey (others were late and did not have time). We were surprised by some of the answers, and by the fact that the percentages were not that different from the Pew Forum’s nationwide results for Evangelicals. Now, please keep in mind that there could have been confusion in the questions (for both our survey and theirs!) and that our 12 is not a statistically valid sample. Nevertheless, here are their answers, but don’t take the results too seriously.
1. Do you agree that many religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc) can lead to eternal life?
6 YES 6 NO
2. Do you agree there is only one true way to interpret the teachings of your religion?
6 YES 6 NO
3. Do you believe in God?
4. Do you believe God is a personal God or an impersonal force?
8 PERSONAL 0 IMPERSONAL 4 NOT SURE
5. Are you absolutely certain there is a God?
10 YES 2 NOT ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN
6. Do you believe in Heaven?
7. Do you believe in Hell?
11 YES 1 NO
8. Do you believe your religion conflicts with modern society?
5 YES 7 NO
9. Do you believe your religious values are threatened by Hollywood?
5 YES 7 NO
Does the 50/50 split on Question 1 mean we are not doing our jobs as Sunday School teachers? Parents? Also, I thought the brilliant young man sitting next to me had a great response to Question 9. He said that he voted “no” on that question because he wasn’t going to let Hollywood threaten his values.
I wish I could say the same.
Thanks to OldFart for letting me post the results on his blog.