Perceptions of Islam Among Protestant Pastors
Ed Stetzer shared some interesting polling results:
The article explains:
Protestant pastors in the U.S. have a negative view of Islam and more than half agree with Franklin Graham’s statement that Islam is an “evil” religion, according to a just-released study by LifeWay Research. More than 4 in 10 agree that Islam is dangerous and promotes violence.
Be sure to read the whole story here, but this excerpt may help:
Protestant pastors were asked which is closer to their beliefs: Graham’s widely reported comment that Islam is “a very evil and a very wicked religion,” or former President George W. Bush’s remark that “the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion.”
Forty-seven percent of the pastors surveyed believe Graham’s assessment of Islam is accurate, and an additional 12 percent agree with both Graham’s and Bush’s statements. Twenty-four percent agree with the former president’s statement only. The rest could not decide.
This graphic helps illustrate some of the other questions asked:
The survey indicated:
- Three out of 4 pastors disagree with the statement, “Christians and Muslims pray to the same God”
- Eighty-two percent say Islam is “fundamentally different from Christianity.”
- Forty-two percent agree that Islam “promotes violence.”
- Four in 10 say the religion is “spiritually evil.”
- One in 3 says Islam “promotes charity.”
- Twenty-eight percent consider the religion “relevant today.”
You can download the full PowerPoint presentation at the LifeWay Research web page.
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