Prayer is the most common faith practice among American adults, but it’s also one of the most complex. The Bible speaks of numerous kinds of prayers and different traditions emphasize certain kinds over others. Not all Americans think about it in the same way—or even pray to the same deity (if at all). A new study from Barna reveals the diverse prayer habits of American adults.
The motivations for generosity are manifold and often complex. What drives this deeply spiritual act differs from one person to the next, particularly when comparing pastors with their congregants. According to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report, there is indeed little consensus.
Experiencing spiritual doubt can be lonely, but according to a new study from Barna, it’s much more common than you think. Most Christians have experienced a time of spiritual doubt when they questioned what they believed about their religion or God. Just how pervasive is it and what is the most common response?
We live in an age when the Bible is read and understood very differently in cities across the country. So how exactly do Americans from each region interact with the Bible? In the annual Bible-Minded Cities report, in partnership with American Bible Society, Barna explores how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. Where does your city rank?
When asked to identify their ultimate financial goal for life, half of Christians first think of others. According to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report produced in partnership with Thrivent Financial, these financial attitudes impact financial behaviors. Christians with giving goals give a lot, and Christians with keeping goals give less or not at all. In short: Motivations matter.
A recent national survey by Barna reveals how America’s five dominant faith segments think— and, importantly, how they differ in meaningful ways when it comes to their views on some of the most contentious political and spiritual issues of the day.
6 out of 10 religious skeptics describe themselves as angry about the current state of America https://t.co/dGLlDE97JM
Practicing Christians who agree the U.S. should welcome refugees more than doubled since 2016 http://bit.ly/2xv4KWC
Church leaders are more likely to believe generosity is both an inward attitude and an outward discipline https://t.co/Uk2OHJ6qd8
Images of the Syrian Civil War and stories of the trials of refugees across Europe have likely had a dramatic impact on the perspective among American adults in a very short period, counterbalancing—and even eclipsing—bold national rhetoric on border protection