there are 5 kinds of Christians according to this 2007 study

There are 5 kinds of Christians in America, according to a Leadership Journal study:

  1. Active
  2. Professing
  3. Liturgical
  4. Private
  5. Cultural

The sociological-speak about this study = “To understand the range and differences among American Christians, Christianity Today International (publisher of Leadership) recently partnered with Zondervan Publishers to commission Knowledge Networks to conduct attitudinal and behavioral research of U.S. Christians. In September 2006, more than 1,000 self-identified Christians 18 years of age and older were surveyed on their religious beliefs and practices. The results reveal a number of significant differences…”

Links: The article about the study and a commentary. A presentation about the study about Christian segmentation.

The thing is, the average joe and jane on the street can’t tell the difference between these Christians. The main impression that people have of Christians = “judgemental, hypocritical, and boring.”

Here’s some charts from that study:

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