Down the Rabbit Hole: Barna, America’s “Faith Tribes” Can Restore Nation

And people have asked me why I’ve never given much credibility to the Barna Group polls concerning Christianity…

This is a good one–good in good only for a laugh. Barna is getting ready to release a new book, “The Seven Faith Tribes”, in which he has written its time for the 7 major faith ‘tribes’ to come together to ‘restore and save the nation’.

CPost: Researcher: America’s Faith Tribes Can Restore Nation

A leading Christian researcher contends that the seven “faith tribes” in America are the key to restoring stability and strength to a nation struggling with a formidable economic crisis in addition to a myriad of other social ills.

These seven faith tribes, or dominant religious groups, are vastly different when it comes to theology and doctrinal positions. However, they share common values that can be utilized to make the nation great again, maintains bestselling author George Barna in his latest book The Seven Faith Tribes.

“Our faith tribes are central to the development and application of people’s worldviews, which in turn produce the values on which we base our daily decisions,” Barna said. “It is on the basis of such values that a nation rises to greatness or plummets to oblivion.”

Based on his analysis of more than 30,000 personal interviews with Americans, Barna identifies seven faith tribes: Casual Christians (66 percent of the adult population); Captive Christians (16 percent); Jews (2 percent); Mormons (2 percent); Pantheists (2 percent); Muslims (0.5 percent); and Skeptics (11 percent).

These faith tribes can be mobilized to help restore the nation. Through their common values, they can help carry out strategies related to empowering values-focused leaders; redirecting the media; redefining the efforts of families; getting members of faith tribes to pursue a bigger purpose, and more.

In The Seven Faith Tribes, which will be released May 1, Barna goes into detail describing each of the seven tribes – their religious beliefs and practices, their primary lifestyles and attitudes, their political inclinations and recent voting history, and the values that characterize them. He also examines the 20 common values that the faith tribes share.

“If those who are mostly responsible for developing and reinforcing our values can focus on the elements most integral to the restoration process, we can return to national health and growth, as well as positive global influence,” Barna contends.

  • More on this interfaith dominionist recommendation from Barna, HERE

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

6 comments on “Down the Rabbit Hole: Barna, America’s “Faith Tribes” Can Restore Nation

  1. Pluralism and post-modernism are NOT the answer.
    When will people begin to desire TRUTH and not merely the perversion of the truth? I pray that we may all become seekers of the TRUTH, first and foremost; for He is the MOST HIGH. May we desire reality above all else.

  2. I see that Barna threw the Pantheists (2%) in there. That’s good of him to acknowledge the NAR 🙂

    Regarding the “Captive Christians,” are those the ones whose churches have already fallen victim to the NAR takeover? Hahaha, yes, this is good for a laugh.

  3. Yay, now finally people of other faiths can participate dominating the world!

    Question is, what are they dominating exactly?

  4. I never have liked researchers and their compiled information, especially Barna. Why? Because of his perceived success among so many so called Saved and Redeemed Pastors who guide their ships to “safe” harbors.

    Here now is the nail that finally seals the lid on his coffin! I hope?

    Why is it that Jesus Christ, Son of God, predetermined Son of Adam, came to do; and was the least likely One to succeed in God’s eyes and the most likely one to not fail in man’s eyes during His “reign” on earth as a human, Called, Chosen and Faithful to His Father in Heaven?

    He did not come to succeed. Barna, in this new release, just goes to show us just “how” faithless a person he really is! This book is trash and is a hopeless set of bits of hopeless information. Who are you going to believe, God or man?

    Rom 3:10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
    Rom 3:11 no one understands; no one seeks for God.
    Rom 3:12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
    Rom 3:13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
    Rom 3:14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
    Rom 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
    Rom 3:16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
    Rom 3:17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
    Rom 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

    We don’t get it apparently? Barna doesn’t either! Christianity is not going to succeed in this world. The god of this world is at the helm of a sinking ship and we are all on board as life preservers to help as many as are looking to “safely” get safely off the sinking ship that want too.

    And the most remarkable thing about it is the fact that the only ones that “want” to get off the sinking ship, safely, are those, God, ahead of buying their tickets for the vogage for them and getting them on that “knowingly” doomed cruise, put it in them to see the facts, “only after” the ship set sail for that cruise of a lifetime!

    This ship is doomed and sinking fast and faster and we ought to jump ship!

    Barna is now offering us a “solution”! Huh?

    Barna, take my advice and jump ship! Stop writing stupid stuff!

    Jesus Christ is on board and He is not leading anyone astray!

  5. This shouldn’t surprise us at all–many Christian leaders [or supposed Christian leaders] have been heading in this direction for awhile.

    Does anyone recall a story i posted last fall concerning Proposition 8?

    *Politics Makes for ‘Strange Bedfellows’


    The figurative expression, strange bedfellows, is used in reference to situations wherein political or other mutual interests can bring together people who otherwise would not unite.

    This saying is taken from a line in ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, spoken by a shipwrecked man who finds himself seeking shelter beside a sleeping monster: “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

    Thousands of Christians gathered at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Nov. 1, to fast and pray in support of Proposition 8 — which would ban same-sex marriage.

    “The Call” received support from prominent evangelical leaders like Dr. James Dobson (who spoke at the event) and from many Southern California churches — even though its list of organizers reads like a “Who’s Who” of the apostolic-prophetic movement.

    The danger in compromising ones doctrinal beliefs, so as to unite together ‘today’ for a common political goal, may lead tomorrow, to uniting period.

    (more here)

    The groups which came under the umbrella of ‘The Call’ last November at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, in support of Proposition 8, were from many faith groups.

    The uniting of ‘faith’ groups, if its Christians AND “whom-ever” for a “common good”, has been on the fast track for some time–more so since last falls election. Many Christian leaders [and their followers] have become so desperate within the ‘Christian political movement’ (after believing they lost the election and are no longer the prominent voice in Washington) they have been moving ever steadily toward forsaking their biblical beliefs and former Christian stand[s] in order to accomplish their goal[s] of saving the nation from immorality, (gay marriage, abortion, etc etc)

    In other words they are willing to compromise their faith for what they perceive as the ‘common good’ to unite with those who serve other gods or no god at all.

    You’re going to see more of this happening guys…

  6. What’s interesting, to me, is the use of the terms “passive Christian” and “captive Christian”

    I wonder if they correspond to what Jesus called Laodecia and Philadelphia….

    I very much like the term “Captive Christian” to describe a call which is so overwhelming, so compelling that we must answer the call of our Lord or fear death itself will befall us.

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