Barna has published the results of a recent survey on how those who identify themselves as liberals and conservatives differ on the beliefs, practices, and politics. I am only going to list, though not exhaustively, the results without commentary. Anyone is welcome to offer their insights and comment, but I ask you to read the entire report before doing so.
The religious beliefs of liberals and conservatives:
-Religious faith is very important in life (liberals 54%, conservatives 82%)
-Faith is an increasingly important moral guide in life (liberals 38%, conservatives 70%)
-The church they currently attend is very important in helping them find direction and fulfillment in life (liberals 37%, conservatives 62%)
-Their primary purpose in life is to love God with all their heart, mind, strength, and soul (liberals 37%, conservatives 76%)
The religious practices of liberals and conservatives:
-Read the Bible, other than at church events, during the past week (liberals 33%, conservatives 57%)
-Attend a religious service during the past week (liberals 35%, conservatives 62%)
-Pray to God, other than at a religious service, during the past week (liberals 76%, conservatives 91%)
-Have ever participated in a short-term mission trip, either within the U.S. or in another country (liberals 6%, conservatives 12%)
-Those who categorize themselves as "unchurched" (liberals 40%, conservatives 19%)
I have not enumerated the results of the faith alignment of liberals and conservatives, nor the political impact of their faith choices. That information is also available in the report.
Barna concludes: "Every person's central choices in life are driven by their worldview, and everyone's worldview is greatly influenced by their spiritual inclinations. The social and political preferences of people are closely tied to their spiritual beliefs and practices. One of the great challenges to our nation's leaders is to help people of different spiritual and ideological perspectives maintain dialogue and an appreciation of each other's innate value despite those divergent points of view."
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Cross-Posted at RedBlueChristian