(CP) For the first time, a biennial survey has found that most Evangelical Christians in the United States believe that worshiping alone or only with one’s family can be a valid substitute for going to church, a possible effect of widespread closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a report released by the Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated Lifeway Research, titled the “State of Theology,” 66% of Americans agreed that “Worshiping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church.”
This represents an increase compared to past years, with 58% of respondents agreeing with the statement in 2020 and in 2018, while 59% agreed when polled in 2016. Just over 52% agreed in 2014.
When broken down by religious demographics, Americans with Evangelical beliefs are most likely to disagree with…