Researchers should define Evangelicals by their beliefs, not by their political demographics, the church they attend or what they self-identify as, the NEA and LifeWay Research have determined.
CHR Comment: The researchers began with seventeen statements and narrowed it to four. Oddly, none of the statements of faith are about the Trinity, perhaps assuming that doctrine or trying to accommodate non-creedal groups.
Source: Real Evangelicals Believe These 4 Things
Americans see the Christian Bible and the Muslim Quran in very different ways.
CHR Comment: The survey focuses on the Bible and the Quran and whether these texts are beneficial or harmful to American life. Not surprisingly, the Bible is much preferred, though the author proposes that there will be an increasingly negative view of the Bible in the future.
Source: How Do Americans See Sacred Texts? New Data From LifeWay Research | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer
Less than a quarter of Americans — and Christians — avoid Halloween due to its pagan roots.
CHR Comment: The survey information comes from LifeWay, the publisher for the Southern Baptist Convention. Its hard to object to kids in cute costumes but the darker aspects of Halloween observance, dabbling in horror and spiritism, still raises concerns. The article mentions All Saints Day (Nov. 1) but does not mention Reformation Day (Oct. 31) as a Christian observance.
Source: Even most Christians agree that Halloween is fun, not pagan – On Faith & Culture
LifeWay has pulled its books on near death experiences and heaven after the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution against the subjectivity of such testimonies.
Why evangelicals are divided by afterlife testimonials (COMMENTARY) – Religion News Service.