Does Reading the Bible Frequently Turn You Liberal?

According to a 2007 survey it does.  I bet this is bound to stir up some discussion:

Frequent Bible reading has some predictable effects on the reader. It increases opposition to abortion as well as homosexual marriage and unions. It boosts a belief that science helps reveal God’s glory. It diminishes hopes that science will eventually solve humanity’s problems. But unlike some other religious practices, reading the Bible more often has some liberalizing effects—or at least makes the reader more prone to agree with liberals on certain issues. This is true even when accounting for factors such as political beliefs, education level, income level, gender, race, and religious measures (like which religious tradition one affiliates with, and one’s views of biblical literalism).

What do you think?  Does reading the Bible frequently make one more liberal?  I’m inclined to agree, based off of my experience and I know of a few others who have had a similar journey to mine.  Anyways, read the article and feel free to share your thoughts.

Survey: Frequent Bible Reading Can Turn You Liberal | Christianity Today

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6 thoughts on “Does Reading the Bible Frequently Turn You Liberal?

  1. I would definitely agree. Especially when it comes to thoughts on political and economical ideas, such as Israel, capitalism vs. socialism, the U.S. as being a Christian nation, etc.

    Living within the “Christian bubble” here in the U.S., I think we end up making our ideologies into our theologies, though they are often far from biblical.

    What are your thoughts?

    • I think it’s human nature to turn our ideologies into our theologies. Although, some do a better job at separating the two. Me, I’m pretty bad about it, but I have been known to adjust based on a good argument.

  2. That’s pretty interesting. The assumption is that 1) all people who check the “Christian” box are Bible readers, and 2) since “Christians” are largely conservative, the Bible must teach conservatism… but when people actually take time to look at the Bible, it breaks the stereotype.

    My friends who are conservative think I’m a bit liberal, while my friends who are liberal think I’m a bit conservative… I think that’s probably a good place to be. Because of the stark divisions between the two sides, I think it’s not possible to fully believe the Bible and walk a party line.

    • That’s pretty interesting. The assumption is that 1) all people who check the “Christian” box are Bible readers, and 2) since “Christians” are largely conservative, the Bible must teach conservatism… but when people actually take time to look at the Bible, it breaks the stereotype.

      Absolutely! There are more than a few bloggers out there who would say liberalism is the antithesis of the biblical Christianity, which implies that conservatism equates biblical Christianity. I think one only needs to read the prophets to see that that argument is a giant load of BS.

  3. I can see how people would turn to liberalism, but I don’t think Christ was liberal in the political sense. I do however think he was liberal in the classical meaning. Modern American liberals and conservatives both push for imposing other people’s sense of morality through government. It seems since Christ stressed the individual’s free will to choose if they would follow him or not, he would have been for maximizing personal freedom.

    • I agree, I wouldn’t classify Jesus as a liberal in the classical meaning.

      I would push you a little on Jesus “maximizing personal freedom”…maybe so long as it lined up with God’s kingdom.

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