The Barna Group has released the second and third parts of their recent survey of a sample of more than 600 Christian women, defined as women "ages 18 or older who describe themselves as Christians and have attended a Christian church service within the past six months (excluding holiday services or special events)."
Nearly 8 in 10 surveyed reported feeling at least "pretty close" to God, and more than 7 in 10 said they are filled with "a lot" of joy and "not much" doubt.
Of the 603 participants, more than half say they evaluate their relationship with God on a daily basis, with an even larger majority (75 percent) citing the Bible as having "a lot" of influence in their lives. A "striking" 70 percent claimed the media has "little" influence over their decision making.
However, Barna Group President David Kinnaman questioned whether or not the self-assessments were all believable.
He posited that women may be reluctant to respond honestly, even in an anonymous survey, "because they might experience ...1