A leading Christian researcher is warning that people with a Biblical worldview are close to extinction in the United States.
Dr. George Barna runs the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University.
His latest survey found those with a biblical worldview dwindling at “a rapid and disturbing rate.”
It recorded just 4% of American adults as having a biblical worldview, down from 6% three years ago and the lowest ever recorded by the CRC.
Just 1% of Americans aged between 18 and 29 held a biblical worldview.
Dr. Barna observed that young people are “largely isolated from biblical thought in our society.”
He added that they are also the most aggressive at rejecting biblical principles in our culture.
“When you put all the data in perspective, the biblical worldview is shuffling toward the edge of the cliff. As things stand today, biblical theism is much closer to extinction in America than it is to influencing the soul of the nation,” Dr. Barna stated.
The researcher defines a biblical worldview as “a means of experiencing, interpreting, and responding to reality in light of biblical perspectives.”
“It’s a personal understanding of every idea, opportunity, and experience based on the identification and application of relevant biblical principles so that each choice made may be consistent with God’s principles and commands,” he added.
Another benchmark causing Dr. Barna concern is the proportion of Americans who don’t necessarily possess a biblical worldview, yet lean in that direction.
The latest survey found they accounted for just 14% of American adults — down from 25% three years earlier.
It also noted that people who hold to some biblical principles but mostly behave in divergent ways increased from 69% in 2020 to 82% in 2023.