Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Theos: What do people believe?

Interesting statistics from the latest Theos research, noted by Church Mouse...

Three substantial groups, making up 3 out of 10 people...
...12% did not know whether they believed in God, 
10% didn't believe in God, but did believe in a higher power, 
 9% didn't believe in God but are a 'spiritual person'.
Bears some thought for conversation and preaching about Jesus. When preaching it's worth noting that certain types of people are more likely to show up to an event than others and it's worth engaging with them, but also worth being aware of the population in general....

  • What difference does it make to seek to communicate the gospel to people who aren't sure what they believe? Why aren't they sure? Why should they be?
  • How might we present Jesus to someone who believes in something higher... why do people think there might be something or even someone more?
  • What about those who would consider themselves spiritual - what do they mean, why is it appealing to be spiritual?
Conversationally, probably best not to assume anything and just ask questions and listen... 
And asking questions that probe a bit further than "do you believe in God"...

Theos also make some very interesting observations about the relationship between belief and education.

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