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Appendix 1—The Survey

Aggregate Answers

(Note: This is a sampling of the questions and answers from the study. It is not comprehensive because of space limitations, and is taken from an 18-page summary compiled at the conclusion of the study. For clarity, the definition of these numerical columns and the methodology of their calculation is given below.)

Frequency is the actual number of people who gave a specific response to the question. Cumulative Frequency (CF) is equal to the total number of people who gave that response plus all prior responses to the question which adds up to the total number of interviews conducted. Percent represents the percentage of people who gave that specific response to a question. Cumulative Percent (CP) is equal to the total percentage of people who gave that response plus all prior responses to the question which adds up to 100 percent.

Age?FrequencyCFPercentCP
25–2952852852.852.8
20–24472100047.2100
Regularly attend church when growing up—but never/seldom go today?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes10001000100100
IF REGULARLY ATTENDED—Which church denomination did you attend?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Baptist Church2602602626
Lutheran13639613.639.6
Church of God844808.448
Christian Church725527.255.2
Pentecostal696216.962.1
Church of Christ696906.969
Assembly of God667566.675.6
Non-denominational618176.181.7
Presbyterian448614.486.1
Community Church388993.889.9
Calvary Chapel329313.293.1
Bible Church299602.996
Christian and Missionary Alliance179771.797.7
Evangelical Free Church159921.599.2
Brethren810000.8100
Did you attend church regularly during elementary/middle school years?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes94694694.694.6
No5410005.4100
Did you attend church regularly during high school?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes56156156.156.1
No439100043.9100
Did you attend church regularly throughout your college days?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No5305305353
Did not attend college35688635.688.6
Yes114100011.4100
Why have you stopped attending church?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Boring service11911911.911.9
Legalism11723611.723.6
Hypocrisy—leaders11134711.134.7
Too political984459.844.5
Self-righteous people925379.253.7
Distance from home756127.561.2
Not relevant personally636756.367.5
God would not condemn to hell577325.773.2
Bible not relevant50782578.2
Not find preferred denomination in area50832583.2
Not feel worthy428744.287.4
No time299032.990.3
Don't know249272.492.7
Hypocrisy—parents20947294.7
Bible not true169631.696.3
Unfriendly people119741.197.4
Music is poor10984198.4
Misc69900.699
Unsure my belief59950.599.5
Just quit going39980.399.8
Always ask for money210000.2100
Did you often attend Sunday school?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes60660660.660.6
No394100039.4100
IF OFTEN ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL—Feel Sunday school lessons were helpful?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes43643671.9571.95
No answer394436071.95
No11455018.8190.76
Don't know566069.24100
IF OFTEN ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL—Did you attend to see friends?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer394000
No33633655.4555.45
Yes26159743.0798.51
Don't know96061.49100
IF OFTEN ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL—Feel lessons close to/different from school?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Very different43043070.9670.96
No answer394430070.96
Close to what taught17660629.04100
IF OFTEN ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL—Did classes teach that Bible was true?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes56956993.8993.89
No answer394569093.89
Don't know326015.2899.17
No56060.83100
IF OFTEN ATTENDED SUNDAY SCHOOL—Did classes teach Bible could be defended?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer394000
Yes34434456.7756.77
No16751127.5684.32
Don't know9560615.68100
In high school, attend public/Christian/charter/ home/Catholic?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Public school85985985.985.9
Christian school699286.992.8
Home school349623.496.2
Charter school329943.299.4
Catholic school610000.6100
Have instructors who taught that earth was millions of years old?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes78578578.578.5
No19297719.297.7
Don't know2310002.3100
Have instructors who taught that life evolved from lower forms?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes59159159.159.1
No33592633.592.6
Don't know7410007.4100
Because of school experience, leave high school believing Bible less true?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No6706706767
Yes27894827.894.8
Don't know5210005.2100
Does the Bible contain errors?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes39739739.739.7
Don't know30470130.470.1
No299100029.9100
IF CONTAINS ERRORS—Can you identify one of those errors for me?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer603000
Alleged contradictions888822.1722.17
Writers made mistake7316118.3940.55
Unsaved go to hell6422516.1256.68
No5127612.8569.52
Wrong about earth's age4031610.0879.6
Too much suffering and death233395.7985.39
Genesis disproved by science213605.2990.68
Miracles do not occur103702.5293.2
Never was a global flood83782.0295.21
Christ not really God73851.7696.98
Trinity does not make sense63911.5198.49
There is a hell53961.2699.75
Misc13970.25100
Do your parents still attend church regularly?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes71771771.771.7
No27399027.399
Don't know1010001100
When you were younger, did your parents force you to go to church?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes6106106161
No38599538.599.5
Don't know510000.5100
Do your closest friends attend church regularly right now?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No64964964.964.9
Yes33798633.798.6
Don't know1410001.4100
Have any of your friends invited you to go back to church w/them?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No50550550.550.5
Yes47998447.998.4
Don't know1610001.6100
Do you feel good people don't need to go to church?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No56256256.256.2
Yes35291435.291.4
Don't know8610008.6100
Do you feel people w/college education less likely attend church?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No7007007070
Yes18188118.188.1
Don't know119100011.9100
IF LESS LIKELY—Feel those w/college education influenced by professors?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer819000
Yes14214278.4578.45
No2516713.8192.27
Don't know141817.73100
Believe all the accounts/stories in the Bible are true/accurate?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No43543543.543.5
Yes38381838.381.8
Don't know182100018.2100
IF DON'T BELIEVE—What made you begin to doubt the Bible?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer565000
Written by men10610624.3724.37
Not translated correctly8018618.3942.76
Contradicts itself6425014.7157.47
Science shows earth old6031013.7971.26
Bible has errors4835811.0382.3
Can't be a God with so much suffering303886.989.2
Christians don't live according to Bible244125.5294.71
Evolution shows Bible cannot be trusted194314.3799.08
Don't know24330.4699.54
Misc24350.46100
IF DON'T BELIEVE—When did you first have doubts?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer565000
High school19019043.6843.68
Middle school17336339.7783.45
College4640910.5794.02
Elementary school194284.3798.39
Don't know74351.61100
Do you believe all the books of the Bible are inspired by God?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes61761761.761.7
No21182821.182.8
Don't know172100017.2100
Believe other holy books like the Koran are inspired by God?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No56456456.456.4
Don't know29185529.185.5
Yes145100014.5100
Believe in creation as stated in the Bible or in evolution?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Biblical creation71871871.871.8
Evolution282100028.2100
Do you feel the Church is relevant to your needs today?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes46946946.946.9
No43790643.790.6
Don't know9410009.4100
IF NOT RELEVANT—In what way do you feel church is not fulfilling your needs?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer563000
Not feeling closer to God there14314332.7232.72
Not practical10224523.3456.06
Not meeting emotional needs9534021.7477.8
Don't learn about more God5539512.5990.39
Not establishing friendships at church184134.1294.51
Bible not true104232.2996.8
Don't know64291.3798.17
Misc64351.3799.54
Not telling truth there24370.46100
Do you believe in the creation of Adam & Eve and Garden of Eden?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes74974974.974.9
No18693518.693.5
Don't know6510006.5100
Believe Adam & Eve sinned and were expelled from the Garden?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes74874874.874.8
No16591316.591.3
Don't know8710008.7100
Believe in story of Sodom & Gomorrah—Lot's wife turned to salt?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes61861861.861.8
No25687425.687.4
Don't know126100012.6100
Do you believe in Noah's ark and the global Flood?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes77377377.377.3
No15392615.392.6
Don't know7410007.4100
Do you believe there was a Tower of Babel as recorded in Genesis?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes63163163.163.1
No19682719.682.7
Don't know173100017.3100
Do you believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No57157157.157.1
Don't know22479522.479.5
Yes205100020.5100
Has secular science dating the earth 6 billion years caused you to doubt Bible?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes46446446.446.4
No42488842.488.8
Don't know112100011.2100
Believe that God used evolution to change one kind of animal to another?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No56256256.256.2
Yes23980123.980.1
Don't know199100019.9100
Do you believe that humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No54354354.354.3
Yes30184430.184.4
Don't know156100015.6100
Do you believe God used evolution to create human beings?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No60860860.860.8
Yes22283022.283
Don't know170100017100
Did pastor/Sunday school teacher teach Christians could believe Darwin?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No78978978.978.9
Don't know11690511.690.5
Yes9510009.5100
Ever teach that Christians could believe earth millions/billions years old?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No59259259.259.2
Yes26685826.685.8
Don't know142100014.2100
Ever teach that God created earth in six days, each 24 hours long?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes82682682.682.6
No1109361193.6
Don't know6410006.4100
Ever teach that the Book of Genesis was a myth or legend?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No85785785.785.7
Don't know769337.693.3
Yes6710006.7100
Believe Joseph was sold into slavery & became Pharaoh's closest advisor?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes53453453.453.4
Don't know26479826.479.8
No202100020.2100
Is there one idea you question more than the rest?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No41541541.541.5
Earth is young not old29871329.871.3
Days of creation were 24-hour days13484713.484.7
Really was Adam/Eve11696311.696.3
Really was Noah's Flood3710003.7100
Would you say questioning was beginning of your doubt in the Bible?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer412000
Yes32732755.6155.61
No18351031.1286.73
Don't know7858813.27100
At what age did you begin to really question contents in Bible?FrequencyCFPercentCP
High school years45745745.745.7
Grades 7–929375029.375
Grades 4–612887812.887.8
Early college11299011.299
Grades K–31010001100
Anything a teacher did/said that caused you to doubt the Bible?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No72872872.872.8
Evolution was true11984711.984.7
Bible was attacked60907690.7
Christians are hypocrites389453.894.5
Don't know319763.197.6
Atheism was true99850.998.5
Christians want to take over society89930.899.3
God described as unloving710000.7100
Did your parents' behavior influence you not to attend church?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No77477477.477.4
Yes20197520.197.5
Don't know2510002.5100
Do you expect to attend church regularly after you have children?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes38138138.138.1
No32270332.270.3
Don't know297100029.7100
IF ANY DENOMINATION—Why do you expect to attend this denomination?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer627000
One I grew up with17017045.5845.58
Closest to my beliefs11628631.176.68
Heard good things303168.0484.72
Large denomination in area293457.7792.49
Friend/relative is part of denomination283737.51100
Do you attend any church services at Easter or Christmas?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No49249249.249.2
Both23572723.572.7
Easter16389016.389
Christmas110100011100
IF DO NOT ATTEND—In what way do you view church today?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer508000
Don't think of it at all18218236.9936.99
Hypocritical8927118.0955.08
Too political6934014.0269.11
Irrelevant5239210.5779.67
Boring404328.1387.8
Caring284605.6993.5
Social club164763.2596.75
Loving environment154913.0599.8
Misc14920.2100
Is there any part of the church service that you miss today?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes5005005050
No45495445.495.4
Don't know4610004.6100
IF MISS ANY PART - Which part do you still miss?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No answer500000
Worshiping God10310320.620.6
Special events9619919.239.8
Pastor's teaching9329218.658.4
Outreach to community7736915.473.8
Friends6843713.687.4
Music35472794.4
Sunday school class274995.499.8
Misc15000.2100
Do you believe you are saved and will go to heaven upon death?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes65665665.665.6
Don't know20886420.886.4
No136100013.6100
Do you believe you have become anti-church through the years?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No60860860.860.8
Yes34395134.395.1
Don't know4910004.9100
Which of these make you question the Bible most?FrequencyCFPercentCP
None32632632.632.6
Earth not less than10,000 years old2505762557.6
Too many rules12870412.870.4
Creation account12182512.182.5
Bible does not make sense of suffering/death11193611.193.6
Miracles not true299652.996.5
Flood of Noah249892.498.9
Christ's divinity1110001.1100
Is gay marriage morally acceptable?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No74174174.174.1
Yes16490516.490.5
Don't know9510009.5100
Should abortion continue to be legal in most instances?FrequencyCFPercentCP
No48848848.848.8
Yes3808683886.8
Don't know132100013.2100
Should science instructors be allowed to teach problems w/evolution?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes51751751.751.7
No31282931.282.9
Don't know171100017.1100
Should prayer be allowed in public schools?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes71871871.871.8
No17889617.889.6
Don't know104100010.4100
Is premarital sex okay?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes51751751.751.7
No43595243.595.2
Don't know4810004.8100
What is your family status?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Married/children38738738.738.7
Single29668329.668.3
Married26294526.294.5
Single/children5510005.5100
IF MARRIED—Were you married in a church?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Yes45445469.9569.95
No Answer351454069.95
No19564930.05100
What is the last grade of school you have completed?FrequencyCFPercentCP
HS graduate36236236.236.2
College graduate32869032.869
Some college25694625.694.6
Graduate school449904.499
Less than HS1010001100
Combined income?FrequencyCFPercentCP
$50,000–$74,99930330330.330.3
$36,000–$49,99926757026.757
$24,000–$35,99926583526.583.5
$15,000–$23,99911995411.995.4
$75,000 and up289822.898.2
$6,000–$14,999139951.399.5
Under $6,000510000.5100
What is the occupation of the head of the household?FrequencyCFPercentCP
Blue collar45445445.445.4
White collar44289644.289.6
Government/military529485.294.8
Self-employed419894.198.9
Student/homemaker99980.999.8
Unemployed210000.2100
Location?FrequencyCFPercentCP
South Atlantic1801801818
E. North Central1703501735
Pacific1605101651
Middle1506601566
W. South Central1007601076
W. North Central70830783
E. South Central60890689
Mountain60950695
New England5010005100

Appendix 2—The 15 Questions of Life

Can your child, your student or your church family answer the following questions?

In 1 Peter 3:15, God reveals the importance of being able to defend our belief in Christ, and as believers we do not need to fear engaging the culture of disbelief with the truth of God's purpose and vision for our lives.

Discover vital answers and starting points for these issues at www.answersingenesis.org/go/questionsoflife.

  1. Why am I here?
  2. Who is God?
  3. Who is Jesus and why is He the only path to salvation?
  4. Why the Bible and not other holy books?
  5. Why should the Bible be the authority in my life when making decisions and moral choices?
  6. Why set boundaries on sexuality and marriage?
  7. If we are descendents of one man and one woman where did all the different races come from?
  8. How does one determine the value of a human life?
  9. Dinosaurs and the Bible—how does that work?
  10. What is wrong with the world (suffering and death) when God supposedly made everything perfect?
  11. How can "what is wrong with the world" be made right?
  12. Does "science" disprove or confirm history in the Bible?
  13. Why does the age of the earth really matter to me and my life today?
  14. Why is it important that I believe in a literal 6-day, 24-hour creation?
  15. Did we evolve from apes-like creatures?

Appendix 3—Resources for Upholding the Word

Books

  • More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1977)
  • Always Ready, by Greg Bahnsen (Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, 1996)
  • The Ultimate Proof of Creation, by Jason Lisle (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009)
  • The New Answers Book, Vol. 1 and 2, Ken Ham, general editor (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007 & 2008)
  • Ask Them Why, by Jay Lucas (Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2007)
  • Nothing but the Truth, by Brian Edwards (Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2006)
  • The Young Earth, by John Morris (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007)
  • How Could a Loving God … ? by Ken Ham (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007)
  • The Answers Book for Kids, Vols. 1, 2, 3, and 4, Ken Ham, editor (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • The Long War Against God, by Henry M. Morris (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2000)

Online Education

Websites

DVDs

  • Creation mini-series, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
  • How Do We Know the Bible Is True? Brian Edwards
  • Creation: Science Confirms the Bible Is True, Jason Lisle (Answers in Genesis)
  • God of Suffering, Tommy Mitchell (Answers in Genesis)
  • Noah's Flood: Washing Away Millions of Years, Terry Mortenson (Answers in Genesis)
  • Demolishing Strongholds DVD Curriculum (Answers in Genesis)

Appendix 4—Resources for Parents

  • Raising Godly Children, Ken Ham (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • History Revealed Curriculum, Diana Waring (Answers in Genesis)
  • Answers Magazine: answersingenesis.org/articles/am
  • God's Design Science Curriculum Set (Answers in Genesis)
  • Bring your family to the Creation Museum.
  • Answers in Genesis website: answersingenesis.org
  • Genesis: Key to Reclaiming the Culture DVD, Ken Ham
  • The New Answers Book, Vol. 1 and 2, Ken Ham, general editor (Green Forest, AR: Master Books)
  • The Lie: Evolution, Ken Ham (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1987)
  • Master Books website: masterbooks.net

Appendix 5—Resources for Christian Educators

  • Genesis: Key to Reclaiming the Culture DVD, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
  • History Revealed Curriculum (Answers in Genesis)
  • Noah's Ark, Thinking Outside the Box, Tim Lovett (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • Taking Back Astronomy, Jason Lisle (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2006)
  • Answers Magazine: answersingenesis.org/articles/am
  • God's Design Science Curriculum Set (Answers in Genesis)
  • Answers in Genesis website: answersingenesis.org (For the technical minded, see the Answers In-Depth section, Answers Research Journal at answersingenesis.org/arj, and the many technical books available through the website.)
  • Demolishing Strongholds Curriculum Set (Answers in Genesis)
  • New Answers Book, Vol. 1 and 2, Ken Ham, general editor (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007 & 2008)
  • Adam's Wall Chart of World History (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007)
  • Annals of the World, James Ussher (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003)
  • Chronology of the Old Testament, Floyd Jones (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2005)
  • Evolution Exposed, Vol. 1 and 2 (essential for high school students and extremely helpful for educators), Roger Patterson (Answers in Genesis, 2007)
  • Old Earth Creationism on Trial, Jason Lisle and Tim Chaffey (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • Master Books website: masterbooks.net

Appendix 6—Resources for Youth Pastors

  • The Long War Against God, by Henry M. Morris (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2000)
  • Demolishing Strongholds DVD Curriculum (Answers in Genesis)
  • The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved, Ken Ham (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1998)
  • The Bible Explains Dinosaurs DVD, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
  • Best Evidence DVD (Answers in Genesis)
  • Bring youth groups to the Creation Museum.
  • God of Suffering DVD, Tommy Mitchell (Answers in Genesis)
  • Only One Race DVD, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
  • Answers Books for Kids series (for younger kids) (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • It All Begins with Genesis Curriculum (Jr high and up) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Answers for Kids website: answersingenesis.org/kids
  • Genesis: Key to Reclaiming the Culture DVD, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
  • New Answers Book, Vol. 1 and 2, Ken Ham, general editor (great for teens and up) (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007 & 2008)
  • Adam's Wall Chart of World History (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007)
  • Creation: Facts of Life, Gary Parker (great for teens and up) (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 1980)
  • Evolution Exposed, Vol. 1 and 2 (essential for high school students) (Answers in Genesis)
  • Created Cosmos DVD (Junior level and up) (Answers in Genesis)

Appendix 7—Resources for Pastors

  • New Answers Book Vol. 1 and 2, Ken Ham, general editor (Green Forest, AR: Master Books)
  • Coming to Grips with Genesis, Terry Mortenson, Ph.D., Thane H. Ury, Ph.D, editors (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • The Genesis Record, Dr. Henry Morris (commentary on Genesis) (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976)
  • Creation and Change, Doug Kelly (Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2003)
  • Old Earth Creationism on Trial, Jason Lisle and Tim Chaffey (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • Why Won't They Listen? Ken Ham (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2002)
  • Genesis: Key to Reclaiming the Culture DVD, Ken Ham
  • Why Won't They Listen? DVD, Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis)
  • Creation Mini-series, Ken Ham (DVD set includes Why Won't They Listen? and Genesis: Key to Reclaiming the Culture) (Answers in Genesis)
  • The Annals of the World, James Ussher—for reference (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003)
  • The Complete Works of Flavius Josephus—for reference (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008)
  • The Ultimate Proof of Creation, Jason Lisle (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009)
  • Organize a church trip to the Creation Museum.
  • Answers Vacation Bible School sets (available on the Answers in Genesis website)
  • Answers in Genesis website: answersingenesis.org

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