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How Many Americans Have a Biblical Worldview?

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How Many Americans Have a Biblical Worldview?

Movieguide® Staff

Despite a recent George Barna study claiming that only 6% of Americans have a biblical worldview, it’s not quite cause for alarm. At least 51% of Americans are trying to live in accord with a Biblical worldview.

Barna conducted the study on behalf of the Family Research Council.

“Every Christian can and should obtain a biblical worldview,” said FRC’s Tony Perkins, “which is only achieved when a person believes that the Bible is true, authoritative, and then taught how it is applicable to every area of life, which enables them to live out those beliefs.”

The study cited the American Worldview Inventory for their criteria.

According to the Movieguide® review criteria:

A biblical worldview is any worldview that implicitly or explicitly reflects and/or promotes the moral principles, values and virtues of the Bible (charity, love, compassion, justice, sexual purity, mercy, truthfulness, faithfulness, honoring one’s parents, the ubiquity of sin, etc.), that rebukes evil (such as hatred, envy, greed, lust, sexual immorality, drunkenness, cruelty), that refers to the God of the Bible or a Creator God who is personal and benevolent rather than impersonal (as in the paganism and pantheism of the Buddhists and New Age), or that tells a story or a group of stories that directly come from the Bible, such as THE TEN COMMANDMENTS or THE NATIVITY STORY. A movie can broadly fit the term ethical monotheistic worldview, in which case its got a moral and/or biblical worldview.

Through Movieguide®’s extensive research, we’ve discovered that movies with strong Christian/biblical content actually outperform their gratuitous counterparts in the box office.

Even in 2020, when the box office seemed like it lost hope, Movieguide® found that 70% of the Top 10 Grossing Movies at the North American domestic box office had strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, biblical, morally uplifting content or values. Furthermore, 80% of the Top 10 English Language Movies Overseas in 2020 had strong Christian, redemptive, biblical, morally uplifting content or values.

Our research proves that while some may want to report gloom and doom about the state of American Christianity, there is still hope for redemption and celebration, even in movies.