Barna: 58% of Americans reject moral absolutes, including some who identify as Christians

by Bryan Brammer · May 28th, 2020 1:25 pm
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According to a new survey conducted by the Barna Group, 58% of Americans believe that moral absolutes are determined by the individual — a percentage that includes some who identify as Christians.

In January, the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University surveyed 2,000 adults for its American Worldview Inventory study, asking them questions pertaining to "perceptions of truth."

Approximately six out of every ten adults (58%) agreed that "identifying moral truth is up to each individual; there are no moral absolutes that apply to everyone, all the time." Only one-third (32%) disagreed with the statement, while the remaining adults said they do not know.

Of those who said they attend evangelical churches, 46% said moral truth is dictated by the individual, while 48% said absolute truths apply to all people at all times.

When asked what the basis of truth is, 42% of American adults answered God. Another four out of ten adults said either inner certainty (16%), scientific proof (15%), tradition (5%), or public consensus (4%) is the source of truth.

The remaining respondents said there is either no such thing as truth (5%) or that they were unsure of the basis of truth (13%).


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