Contending for the Faith features Dr George Barna tonight 6:30 PM

Dr. George Barna, Director of Research
Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University
Release Date: February 6, 2023
America’s preteen children are following in the unfortunate spiritual footsteps of the generations that
have preceded them. New research released by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian
University shows that the foundational beliefs held by 8- to-12-year-olds put them on track to abandon
biblical Christianity in record numbers.
Core Beliefs Rejected
Five beliefs central to the Christian faith are being widely rejected by children in the 8-to-12 age range.
In his latest bestselling book, Raising Spiritual Champions, veteran researcher George Barna identifies a
limited number of biblical teachings that form the necessary worldview foundation leading to biblical
discipleship. The five beliefs and associated behaviors reported here are among those he identified.
The data from the national survey of children indicates massive resistance by young people to
traditional biblical teaching. And their rejection of scriptural truth represents an urgent call to action
for Christian parents, educators, and churches.
The most troubling belief patterns among American preteen children revealed in the research are the
The Bible
America’s children are receiving an inadequate introduction to the Bible. Currently, only 60% have read
even part of it. Just half say it contains information about how to lead a good life. A mere one out of
four (26%) consistently consult the Bible when trying to determine right from wrong. Even fewer (21%)
believe turning to the Bible is the best way to distinguish right from wrong.
Genuine Christians are committed to the notion that the Bible contains the true, relevant, and reliable
words of God, and that those words can be deployed as a moral guide. Unfortunately, only a minority
of U.S. adults (46%) endorse that thinking. Worse, only half as many young people (25%) agree that the
Bible is the true words of God and provides value as a guide for life.
Absolute Truth
Today’s children are not being raised in an environment in which the concept of absolute moral truth receives favorable treatment, and the widespread doubts about absolute truth are clearly affecting
children. While a robust 97% of 8- to 12-year-olds believe that there is an identifiable difference between right
and wrong, a paltry one out of five (21%) believes that absolute moral truth exists. That is slightly less
than the norm among adults (25%)—and indicative of the direction in which the nation is moving.