One of the most surprising statistical fallacies that made me sit up and pay attention was the literal fact that the percentage o fyoung people who attend church has held steady over the past 20 years. I can’t tell you the number of times that I have heard, “We’re losing our young people!” Literally, we are not. Divorce between believers is lower than divorce between non-believers. True! I reported on that somewhere in here but can’t seem to find the post.
The fact is, news is not what is normal, but what is unusual. Therefore, we hear more about sexual misconduct of ministers than we do about the right conduct of ministers. We hear more about the bad stuff than the good stuff. It is news when a Christian stumbles and falls because that isn’t the norm for Christians. Which is why it seems as if the bad stuff is more prevalent than the good. Dr. Wright points this out. All we have to do is mention Jim Bakker or Ted Haggard or even mention the generic term Catholic Priest and instantly sexual misconduct comes to mind.
The General Social Survey is where Wright garners most of his information because it is conducted every one to two years and covers a vast majority of population (more than 50,000). It might surprise you to know that 95 percent of the U.S.. population believes in God. With all the media hype and all the squeaky wheels, I thought we were headed for hell in a handbasket and that God was out of fashion in the 21st Century. That just isn’t true. How fascinating all of this is.
I hightly recommend this book. You should know that it isn’t written in technical language, all the charts are very easy to read, and even though it is all about statistics, it is sharper than a two-edge sword which divides the truth from fiction.