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Evangelicals Behaving Badly with Statistics

by Christian Smith, PhD, Jan 1, 2007

The ad read, “current trends show that only 4 percent will be evangelical believers by the time they become adults….unless we act now, U.S. Christianity will be dead in ten years?” The only problem was, there was no statistical truth in the claim. Dr. Christian Smith asks, “Why do evangelicals recurrently abuse statistics? Such desperation, alarmism, and sloppiness reflect the worst, not the best, in evangelicalism. For more.

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