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Start of a Spiritual Revival?

Uwe Siemon-Netto

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A considerable increase of religious activity during the last 10 years may indicate a start of a spiritual revival in the United States, according to pollster George Barna.

He termed it significant "that we are witnessing a slow but steady development of more traditional religious behavior in the Western states." Trends "usually start in the West, take hold in the Northeast, then infiltrate the interior of the nation," he explained.

A recent poll by the Barna Research Group showed marked jumps in private, rather than public, religious activity, such as prayers, Bible study and participation in worship groups.

This might suggest that groups within mainline denominations "are taking the cue from the para-church movement," said Thomas C. Oden, a professor of theology and a leader of the confessional movement within the United Methodist Church.

According to Barna's survey, the share of adults reporting they had read from the Bible during the last week -- not including Sunday service -- rose from 37 percent in 1994 to 44 percent this year. It was in this category that the increase was most noteworthy in California, Oregon and Washington state, where Bible study among residents rose from 29 to 44 percent in the last decade.

Read the entire article on the Insight Magazine website.

Posted: 3/8/04



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