The chief source of information about the religious world for many people today is the daily newspaper and the weekly news magazine. Every day the nation’s secular-press religion writers and editors transmit and interpret news for millions of Americans. Most edit special weekend religion sections that give extended coverage to churches, synagogues, and religious events and thought.
Who are these professional religion journalists? What do they believe about God, Christ, and the Bible? Do they take an active part in a church? And do they consider their jobs a kind of ministry?
Results just compiled from a survey* indicate that the “average” religion editor in the secular media is a religious person. But he is greatly concerned about being fair and balanced in his presentation of all religions, and about giving conflicting views a hearing.
One hundred forty-six of 180 who responded to the survey claimed membership in some religious body (see chart), and 107 said they are active in a local church or synagogue. Twenty-two are active in a larger unit of their communion.
Eighty-three per cent (150) believe “in the reality of God” (some others undoubtedly do but decided not to respond to the question), and 133 said they believe that God “revealed himself in a unique way in Jesus Christ.”
Thirty-seven said they regard the Bible as the “inerrant or verbally infallible” word of God, while 107 said they do not accept this view. But 111 affirmed the choice that the Bible is “a record of God’s self-revelation to men which bears the imprint of both divine inspiration and human fallibility.” Sixty-five either accepted neither formula, or wrote in added or qualifying remarks.
In an apparent contradiction, eighteen responded “yes” to both views: ...1
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