Study: 44% of self-identified Christians in the U.S. believe the Bible is "ambiguous" on abortion

by Peter Heck · Oct 8th, 2020 10:07 am

Last Updated Oct 9th, 2020 at 5:10 pm

A recent study has found that more than four in 10 American Christians say they believe the Bible is "ambiguous" when it comes to abortion.

The finding was part of Arizona Christian University's "American Worldview Inventory 2020" survey, a service of the school's Cultural Research Center. The center's director is the well-known Christian pollster, George Barna.

According to the survey:

  • 44% of self-identified Christians said they think the Bible is "ambiguous in its teaching about abortion"
  • 34% of self-identified Christians said they think "abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship"
  • 34% of self-identified Christians reject the idea that marriage is defined as being between one man and one woman
  • 40% of self-identified Christians say that lying is morally acceptable if it advances personal interests or protects one's reputation

"The irony of the reshaping of the spiritual landscape in America is that it represents a post-Christian reformation driven by people seeking to retain a Christian identity," Barna said. "Unfortunately, the theology of this reformation is being driven by American culture rather than biblical truth."

For several years, pro-abortion activists have circulated biblically-suspect claims that Scripture teaches that life begins at the first breath, although other passages seem to contradict such assertions.

The study surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.


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