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Nov 6, 2015
Research

Despite Wrong Doomsday Stats, Pastors Holding Up Just Fine

Somehow, bad stats about pastor misery persist. LifeWay Research data gives us a clearer picture of reality.
Despite Wrong Doomsday Stats, Pastors Holding Up Just Fine
Image: Jet Lowe / Wikipedia

Over the course of the last few weeks, I've published a couple of blog posts in an attempt to further squelch the false idea that pastors are constantly miserable and that thousands of them are leaving the church each year.

The fact is, they are doing just fine. There ...

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Nov 4, 2015
Culture

Three Ways Christians Can Be Like Jesus Amidst a More Polarized Culture

New data from Pew Research Center points to a growing ideological polarization in the U.S., and an opportunity for us to be like Jesus.
Three Ways Christians Can Be Like Jesus Amidst a More Polarized Culture
Image: Heinrich Hofmann

Yesterday morning, Pew Research Center published a new set of data from a recent study on Americans and religion. You may remember a similar study in May of this year called the "American Religious Landscape" survey. (For my take on those, see articles at CNN, USAToday, ...

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Nov 2, 2015
Research

How Do Americans See Sacred Texts? New Data From LifeWay Research

Americans see the Christian Bible and the Muslim Quran in very different ways.
How Do Americans See Sacred Texts? New Data From LifeWay Research
Image: Habib M’henni / Wikipedia

Last week, we released a study on how people view sacred texts. Click here to see the LifeWay Research report. It also in the November 2015 issue of WORLD Magazine. Below are some of the most notable data points from the survey.

How Do Americans See the Bible?

As one ...

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Oct 30, 2015
Research

Does Halloween Scare Off Americans? New Data from LifeWay Research

How do you view the holiday? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Does Halloween Scare Off Americans? New Data from LifeWay Research
Image: Jamal Fanaian / Wikipedia

Earlier this week, LifeWay Research released data from a recent survey gauging American views on Halloween. The holiday is one of the more controversial of the most popular American holidays because of it's relationship with witchcraft, paganism, and other "dark" ...

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Oct 9, 2015
Research

Arguments for the Creator Point to Inconsistent Worldviews

Both Christians and non-Christians see evidence for a Creator. How does this belief affect our lives?
Arguments for the Creator Point to Inconsistent Worldviews
Image: Bill Anders / NASA

The Nagging Feeling of a Creator

As a Christian, I doubted my belief in God. This doubt was born of inexperience with the Christian community as well as inattentiveness to the life of the mind. I set out to answer my doubts and found that there were many arguments for belief ...

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Aug 19, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: Divorce Divides More Than Just Families

Pastors are divided about when divorce is sinful and whether or not they would perform the wedding of someone who is divorced.
NEW RESEARCH: Divorce Divides More Than Just Families

Last week, LifeWay Research released new data from a recent study on how Protestant pastors and Americans see divorce. What makes divorce sinful? Do circumstances around the divorce drastically affect how pastors or Americans view divorce?

What Do Americans Think?

Aaron ...

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Jul 14, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: Should Christians Support Israel? Most Pastors Think So.

What do Americans and Christians think about God's relationship with Israel?
NEW RESEARCH: Should Christians Support Israel? Most Pastors Think So.
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This morning, President Barack Obama announced that the United States reached a deal with Iran on its nuclear program after extended talks in Vienna, Austria. Here's an excerpt from CNN explaining the deal:

The deal reduces the number of Iranian centrifuges by two-thirds. ...
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Jul 3, 2015
Research

God and Country: Americans' Views of God's 'Relationship' with the U.S

What do Americans think about the United States and God? Fascinating new data.
God and Country: Americans' Views of God's 'Relationship' with the U.S

Happy Fourth of July weekend folks, my American readers!

Two hundred thirty-nine years ago tomorrow, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, nearly a month before it would eventually be signed. I hope you're having a fun weekend, getting to enjoy some time ...

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Jun 30, 2015
Research

Is Islam a Threat to Religious Freedom? New Data from LifeWay Research

New LifeWay Research shows what Americans think about the effects of Islam on religious freedom around the world.
Is Islam a Threat to Religious Freedom? New Data from LifeWay Research
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Muslims around the world are approximately halfway through the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting out of observance of what they believe is the first revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammad.

Needless to say, this has not been a good week for the "view" of Islam, ...

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Jun 24, 2015
Survey

The 2015 Exchange Reader Survey

Please take a moment and provide feedback for the work we do here at the blog.
The 2015 Exchange Reader Survey

Hello blog readers! Ed Stetzer here.

Starting today and going through 11:59pm next Wedsnesday, July 1st, I am asking all of you to participate in the inaugural, and what will hopefully be annual, Reader Survey for The Exchange.

My team and I have some changes in mind ...

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Jun 24, 2015
Research

Special Events and the Church: New Research from Eventbrite

A new study commissioned by Eventbrite looks at the effects of special religious events.
Special Events and the Church: New Research from Eventbrite
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I’m a stats nerd.

If you read this blog with any regularity and you don’t know that yet, I’ve failed you. I’m the executive director of LifeWay Research, so naturally I like analyzing and explaining the data we collect. But, at the same time, I love ...

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Jun 12, 2015
Denominations

The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

Membership, baptism, and weekly attendance numbers are down in the largest evangelical denomination, but evangelicalism is a different story.
The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN
Image: Courtesy of the General Sociological Survey

CNN has posted a story I wrote describing the drastic rise of nondenominationalism among those whose religious preference is "Protestant." Here is the chart that tells the story visually, that we describe there verbally.

Using a baseline average from 1972–1976, ...

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Jun 9, 2015
Research

The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark

I recently talked with renowned sociologist Dr. Rodney Stark about the present and future of evangelicalism.
The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark
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We at LifeWay Research are in the process of doing a major project on evangelicalism, and I’ve been contacting some scholars on the subject. It’s interesting to note that the scholarly view of the state and future of evangelicalism tends to be very different from ...

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Feb 12, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: How Americans View Islam

The way Americans and American pastors view Islam is affected by the work of ISIS.
NEW RESEARCH: How Americans View Islam
Image: Lilian Wagdy / Wikipedia

Yesterday, LifeWay Research released new data on how Americans and American protestant pastors view Islam in light of ISIS. USA TODAY ran a story with our data. Here's a brief excerpt:

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say ...
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Jan 31, 2015
Research

Saturday is for Seminars: New Christian Media Research to be Released at NRB Convention 2015

Join LifeWay Research at the NRB annual convention in February for new research on who engages Christian media.

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14 (HCSB)

“We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
Colossians 1:28 (HCSB)

Inherent ...

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