Hope and marriage
The found of Newsboys, a popular Christian band, declared that he is an atheist in a patheos blog post 21 January 2015.
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Historically black churches 6.9
Jehovah’s Witness 0.7
Orthodox 0.6 (Greek and Russian each < .03)
Other Christian 0.3
An aside: Are Anglicans Protestants? This is a bit tricky. Some see themselves as catholic but not Roman Catholic. Others so see that the protested against the Church of Rome but they were not part of the general Protestant Reformation groups. Read more. When it comes to surveys, people may not always know their heritage. The devil may be in how you ask the questions.
God exists (Harris 74%; norc.org 81%)
Jesus is the Son of God (Harris 68%)
Angels exist (Harris 68%)
Soul lives on after death (Harris 64%)
Heaven exists (Harris 68%; Baylor 62%)
Hell exists (Harris 58%; Baylor 51 %)
Bible is God’s Word (about half for Old and New Testaments)
Miracles happen (Harris 72%)
Church attendance (40% according to Gallup)
Prayer is common- Almost 60% of U S adults pray at least one a day (pewforum)
Abortion: 29% would like to see the U S Supreme Court overturn Roe v Wade (Pewforum, 2013). How well can a conservative Christian counselor show empathy to a woman discussing a planned abortion?
Birth control: 89% find it morally acceptable and 8% think it wrong. Although official Catholic teaching opposed birth control, U S Catholics find it acceptable at high rates (82%); 15% find the use morally wrong. Gallup poll.
Christian nation: 32% favor establishing Christianity as the official religion of the USA (opposed 52%). 34% support having Christianity as the official religion of their specific state (47% oppose)
Marijuana use: 51% of U S support legalization but it is not clear what percentage are Christian.
Same-sex marriage: 52% of US support same-sex marriage and 40% oppose. (Pewforum, September 9, 2014). I did not find data for a national Christian sample. How will conservative Christian clinicians deal with the issue when so many religious groups oppose same-sex relationships?
War is just: 72% of Americans believe war can be justified but only 58% are willing to fight (Slavin, 2014). How would pacifists fare with psychotherapists valuing a strong military presence?Why do people oppose same-sex marriage? (Gallup,2012)
Religion/Bible says it is wrong 47%
Marriage should be between a man and a woman 20%
An aside: Last week the U S Supreme Court decided to hear cases from four states involving legalization of same-sex marriage. The U S states are divided, which obviously causes difficulties for recognition of marital status and any marriage-related benefits.Key issue in same-sex debate might be choice vs. genetics. Here’s a quote with data from a recent Baylor survey.
The extent to which Americans support same-sex marriage, civil unions and same-sex adoption is closely tied to whether they believe homosexuality is genetic or a choice. The survey shows that less than half (41 percent) believe it is a choice; more than half (57 percent) believe it is genetic. Individuals who believe it is a choice are much more likely to label it "always wrong" and less likely to have a favorable opinion on same-sex marriage, civil unions and same-sex adoption. Those who think sexual orientation is determined by genetics are much more likely to deem homosexuality as morally acceptable and to support same sex-marriage, civil unions and same-sex adoptions. (Baylor, 2011)
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In the U.S., minors have a limited right to an abortion but parent notification or consent can be mandated, according to the Supreme Court. Samuel Lindsey and colleagues (2013) reviewed the status of the consent laws and asked college students their opinions about parental involvement clauses. They also wondered about the influence of other factors like religion.
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