Randolph wrote: It would be better if people had Bibles and paid attention in church rather than playing with their electronic pacifiers.
Then why are you on sermonaudio.com? Go back to using your telegraph or smoke signals. I don't mean to be so sarcastic but this is the kind of atitude that has stopped the church from moving forward and reaching more people in just about every generation. I use my phone to keep in touch with my congregation whether in voice calls, text, or facebook. I use the apps to listen to sermons from other pastors. I also....get this...use the bible apps to read THE BIBLE. Or maybe I should really go old school and only read scrolls!? I mean Jesus didn't have books. I think you get my point. This is a new media. And like all media (including scrolls and books) it can be used for good or ill. We should be making the best use of it for the LORD.
It clearly explains why there is a discrepancy between their conclusion and that of the barnum polls you mention.
These sociologists define "religious" as someone who is ACTIVE as defined by certain criteria. For ACTIVE believers there is a significantly lower divorce rate whereas those that simply IDENTIFY themselves as religious without meeting the criteria to consider them ACTIVE had little to no difference from the general divorce rate.
This is a distinction that doesn't appear in the barnum polls. Therefore the discrepancy in the conclusions.
This how science works. You refine your research methods and criteria to get more specific data and more accurate conclusions.