Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Five Years Later: 9/11 Attacks Show No Lasting Influence on Americans’ Faith

This is sad but not surprising. People have a tendency to seek God in times of trouble, when that crisis ends so does their searching. It will be interesting to know if this return to the status quo is indicative of resiency or resistence to the gospel.

As the United States nears the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Americans are looking back at how their lives have changed in the half decade since that tumultuous day. How have their spiritual lives been affected? A new study by The Barna Group examined data from nine national surveys, involving interviews with more than 8,600 adults, conducted right before the attacks and at regular intervals since then.

The study shows that despite an intense surge in religious activity and expression in the weeks immediately following 9/11 the faith of Americans is virtually indistinguishable today compared to pre-attack conditions. Barna’s tracking surveys looked at 19 dimensions of spirituality and beliefs. Remarkably, none of those 19 indicators are statistically different from the summer before the attacks! Read More.

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