Public Opinion

FYI – I recently saw this. A July 08 study done by the Barna Research Group, provides data on what people think about the Scriptures – specifically, “Who says the Bible is Holy?”

84% of U.S. adults
90% of women
78% of men
96% of Blacks
83% of Whites & Hispanics
54% of Asians
90% of those over 40
77% of those under 40
67% of those 18-23
38% of self-identified non-Christians

Those stats are interesting, however, I’m wondering how do people actually define and understand the term “holy”?

1 Response to “Public Opinion”

  1. 1 Larry Eisner
    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 am

    I think it’s a very important question you asked at the end there. I know I’ve had to define the word very specifically for many people in the high school group, because they typically equate holy with perfect.

    I explain that you can be holy yet imperfect. That you can be set aside and choose to live differently, for God, yet still stumble as you are a human. (That this gives one no “right” to stumble, simply that we accept that as humans we are incapable of *always* making the right decision.)

    So yeah. I wonder about who gets this or not. I’d love to see a follow-up poll with that question: “What does holy mean?” And see who says “set apart”, who says “perfect”, who says “religious or pious” or the like, and break that down as specifically.

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