The State of Theology: New Findings on America’s Theological Health

from Oct 28, 2014 Category: Ministry News

Earlier this year, Ligonier Ministries commissioned a survey of 3,000 Americans in partnership with LifeWay Research. The survey quantified Americans’ theological knowledge and awareness. A combination of true and false statements was used to test participants. The survey addressed core doctrinal topics and issues, such as the Bible, salvation, God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin, the Trinity, man, hell, and the nature of the church. In our desire to serve the church in fulfilling the Great Commission, these findings help to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.

The sanctity of truth is a guiding principle for Ligonier because we stand on the Word of God. While there is moral collapse around us leading to political capitulation, the pressing issue is the collapse in orthodox Christian theology. Our crisis is profoundly theological in nature, not methodological. If we want to see an awakening in our generation, the church must boldly proclaim the truth.

Here’s our request with this survey: use it anyway you would like. Share it with pastors, missionaries, and interested laypeople…encourage friends and colleagues to stay the course. This isn’t “Ligonier’s data.” Rather, our hands are open and we want to share freely with friends in ministry.

The state of theology is more important than we realize. Dr. Sproul has said often, “Everyone’s a theologian.” This study demonstrates the stunning gap in theological awareness throughout our nation, in our neighborhoods, and even in the seat next to us at church.