Ideas have consequences

September 28, 2010

Here is what looks like an interesting book. The author makes the case that many of the common calls of hypocrisy toward evangelicals are simply false.

Young people are not abandoning church. Evangelical beliefs and practices get stronger with more education. Prayer, Bible reading, and evangelism are up. Perceptions about evangelicals have improved dramatically. The data are clear on these matters, says University of Connecticut sociologist Bradley Wright, but evangelicals still want to believe the worst statistics about themselves.

This seems to fit what we all know must be true. Ideas have consequences. It makes no sense to me that a religion would consistently teach something and that the adherents would have no significant difference in that area of life. How could it? Now common sense appears to be backed up by the data. I look forward to reading this.

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