PERCEPTIONS OF CHRISTIANS Reference: Stearns, Richard. The Hole in Our Gospel. Nashville: World Vision, Inc. 2009. pp.

228, 230.

Question: Here are some of the words or phrases that people could use to describe religious faith. Please indicate if you think each of these phrases describes the present-day Christianity. Among Americans age 16-29: Outsiders: Anti-homosexual Judgmental Hypocritical Old-fashioned Too involved in politics Out of touch with reality Insensitive to others Boring Not accepting of other faiths Confusing 91% 87 85 78 75 72 70 68 64 61 Church-goers: 80% 52 47 36 50 32 29 27 39 44

Perceptions of Christians Anti-homosexual Judgmental Hypocritical Old-fashioned Too involved with politics Out of touch with reality Insensitive to others Boring Not accepting of other faiths Confusing

Attributes of Christ Loving to all Forgiving Genuine Revolutionary Involved with people Truthful and aware Loving Radical Welcoming and warm toward all faiths Simple in presenting truth

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