Hell Hesitant – Changing Attitudes in the UK

From Colin Adams:

In light of the late discussion about Rob Bell’s new book, it is interesting to observe changing views among confessing Christians in the UK.  The Evangelical Alliance surveyed 17,000 people at various Christian festivals in the UK. They compiled the results in a report called 21st century Evangelicals.

Some of the results?

Only 54% of those consulted believe that the Bible, in its original manuscript, is without error. Only 59% believe that homosexual actions are always wrong. 51% think that women should be eligible for all roles within the church. And only 37% still believe that hell is a place where those condemned will suffer eternally. This last topic was the issue on which, the report said, ‘there is the greatest uncertainty’.

The shift away from Scripture is, to say the least, concerning. It seems that any doctrines we 21st century folk are uncomfortable with can be jettisoned from our statements of faith at a moment’s notice. The Bible is being politely, but umistakeably,  ignored.

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “Hell Hesitant – Changing Attitudes in the UK

  1. This is an excellently conducted, very interesting piece of research. Thanks for posting the link.
    I highly recommend reading the whole thing.

    I actually think the results of the survey are quite encouraging. Although only 54% agreed that the Bible, in its original manuscript is without error, 9/10 believe it is the inspired word of God.
    And a huge 99% of respondents are involved in voluntary work of some kind. Which is amazing. It suggests that the body of Christ is making a huge difference to its community.

    Really interested to see the differences between young and older evangelicals. The 16 to 24 year olds are more likely to share their faith and more likely to hold conservative views (they are more likely to believe that homosexual acts are always wrong and less likely to agree that women should be eligible for all roles within the church in the same way as men are) than their older counterparts. But they read the Bible less.

    Given that the prevailing culture might lead one to believe that young people would be less likely to hold conservative views than their older counterparts, I wonder if there is something else going on other than a slide into post-modernism.

    Perhaps it has always been thus and there is a bit of a naturally tendency for Christians to become less conservative in their views as they get older?

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