Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Cognitive Dissonance?-Josh has this bit of polling fun. Let's pick each of the factoid pair apart one by one
Eight in ten Americans call themselves Christians, but only three in ten know why Easter is celebrated.
Roughly 80% of America is nominally Christian, but only about 30% of America knows much about their faith. The idea of Easter as celebrating Jesus resurrection isn't picked up via our culture. You get the baby in the manger as a supporting character at Christmas, but the empty tomb is a no-show at Easter.
Four in ten Americans say the Bible is the 'totally accurate' Word of God, but only three in ten say it is the ultimate authority in matters of truth.
That might not be as paradoxical as it seems. A Catholic, for instance, would believe that the Bible is accurate yet look to the Church as the authority of truth; correct me if I'm wrong, St. Blog's parishioners.
"Four in five Americans say 'there are clear guidelines about what's good and evil that apply to everyone regardless of the situation,' but more than three in five say 'there are few absolutes.'"
That means that two in five have some moral standards but not too many. You can make a case for only 10 absolutes, or 2 if you use the golden rule and loving God fully. The first pairing just shows how many nominal Christians we have. The last two can be explained without contradicting each other.

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