Every December, Barna Group compiles its top findings and trends from research conducted in the past year. From legalizing marijuana to increasing secularization trends to America’s complicated relationship with sports—2014 was an interesting year.
Plenty has been said about Millennials' shift away from faith and from the Church—but what about the Bible? Has their well-documented turn from religion affected young adults' ideas of Christianity's most sacred text?
In a recent study—the largest Barna Group has ever conducted on a generation's view of the Bible—Barna discovered three significant insights into how Millennials perceive and engage with the Bible. Some of these findings will come as an encouragement to Christians, and some will not.
The following shows the New Zealand census figures for Religious Affiliation for 2013 and 2006, with the percentage change between the two years. Only categories containing 10,000 or more people are included. "No Religion" remains the top category and shows a remarkable 26% increase. "Catholic nfd" has replaced "Anglican" as the most popular Christian denomination but both have suffered a decline with "Catholic nfd" down 3% and "Anglican" down 17%. "Baptist nfd" and "Buddhist nfd" have exchanged places with the former declining by 5% and the later growing by 12%.