Earlier today I posted part one of my response to Aaron Franzen’s Christianity Today article: “Survey: Frequent Bible Reading Can Turn You Liberal.” I will post part two tomorrow.
In the meantime, I wonder how we are to reconcile Franzen’s conclusions with these findings from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey:
As you can see on the chart, the more one attends religious services the less liberal and more conservative they tend to be. Among those who attend religious services seldom or never, liberals outnumber conservatives 30-24 (moderates 37%). With those who attend religious services weekly or more its a blowout: conservatives 50 – liberals 12 (moderates 31). The “importance of religion” and “prayer” categories follow the same trend.
So among those who consider religion to be very important, pray daily, and attend religious services weekly or more the conservatives outnumber the liberals roughly four to one but frequent Bible-reading can turn you liberal?
* I think “turn you” is inaccurate but I was sticking with the wording of the Christianity Today article.