Christian Denominations, Wellbeing & Religious Practice
By: Teleios Research
In this current study, Teleios evaluated the practice of Christianity, as well as beliefs in the basic tenets of this religion, to determine if differences existed between major denominational groups.
This study analyzed Teleios' database of 14,276 participants from surveys conducted via two Christian Instagram accounts over 4 years. The following major denominational groups were included: Eastern Orthodox, n=143 (1%); non-denominational, n=4277 (30%); Pentecostal, n=2281 (16%); Protestant, n=3435 (24%); Roman Catholic, n=1896 (13%); and 2244 (16%) unidentified. In total, 8849 (62%) participants were from the United States and 5427 (38%) were from outside America. The P-value was set at <0.01 (α/5).
Statistical differences in adherence were found between denomination groups for those agreeing they were: saved by grace (range: 57-77%); secure in their salvation (13-21%); adherent to church attendance (36-67%) and Bible study (44-58%; P<0.001). For each question that was statistically different the Protestant group had the highest level of adherence to Christian practices and to biblical knowledge except salvation by grace, which was highest among Pentecostals.
In contrast, no differences were found among groups in the Christian practice of: prayer (63-71%); praise (54-68%); teaching others (10-26%); fellowship (46-65%); and sharing the gospel (10-20%; P>0.05).
In general, Eastern Orthodox members tended to have the lowest level of adherence to Christian practice and biblical knowledge.
Dr. William C. Stewart, co-founder of Teleios, Inc., commented "In general, the best adherence was found in the Protestant denominations. Nonetheless, differences between groups, even when statistical significance was found, was not hugely different, typically ranging between 10 to 20%."
"Our study indicates that adherent Christians exist in all denominations worldwide and assumptions of the practices of faith based on denominational titles may not always hold true. God has His people everywhere. Nonetheless, this study did not examine the quality of adherence to Christian practice which might differ between denominations."
In summary, this study showed variable differences in Christian practice between broad denominational groups with Protestant denominations, when a statistical difference existed, most often demonstrating the highest adherence to Christian practice and knowledge.
More research is needed to gain greater understanding of the quality of adherence between various denominational groups.
More findings from Teleios can be viewed on their website (http://teleiosresearch.com/
WC Stewart, A Brogan, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
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Lindsay Nelson - Teleios Research