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Survey shows more complaints about Christians
Adelle M Banks, Religion News Service
October 27, 2010

Survey shows more complaints about Christians

Survey shows more complaints about Christians
Adelle M Banks, Religion News Service
October 27, 2010

When asked about

Christianity’s recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives

than benefits, according to a new survey.

The negative contribution

cited most was hatred or violence in the name of Jesus, according to the Barna

Group survey. Other frequently cited examples included opposition to gay

marriage and the Roman Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal.

The positive contribution

mentioned most was Christians’ helping the poor, as well as evangelism and

influencing the country’s values.

“Overall, there was a more

extensive and diverse list of complaints about Christians and their churches

than there was of examples of the benefits they have provided to society,” said

the Barna Group, a Christian firm that researches U.S. faith and culture, in a

report released Oct. 25.

Researchers, who asked

open-ended questions, found that one in four respondents could not name a

single positive contribution made by Christians in recent years to American

society. Just 12 percent could not think of a single negative contribution.

The findings were based on

telephone interviews Aug. 16-22 with a random sample of 1,000 U.S. adults and

had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.