July 12, 2011

Threat of Secularism to Evangelical Christians

71%

Evangelical leaders around the world view secularism as the biggest threat to evangelical Christianity.

In a survey of evangelical Christian leaders from around the world, 71% cited secularism as the biggest threat to the religion. The emphasis on consumerism (67%) and sex and violence in pop culture (59%) were also cited as major threats to evangelical Christianity. Atheists were the most unpopular religious group among the evangelical Christian leaders. Seven-in-ten had an unfavorable view of them, while just 30% had a favorable opinion. Solid majorities of evangelical leaders also expressed unfavorable views of Muslims (67%), Hindus (65%) and Buddhists (65%). However, Jews, Catholics, Pentecostal Christians and Orthodox Christians were regarded favorably. The leaders were evenly divided on whether it was necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person. Read More