A Look at Evangelicals In Canada

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What do Canadian evangelicals believe, and how are they viewed by Canada as a whole? Some new stats provide insight.

A study on religion and faith in Canada conducted by the Angus Reid Institute was released a few weeks ago detailing the views of various faiths in Canada and how Canadians perceive faith and religion as a whole. It is a fascinating study, and I think some of its data is important especially as we consider the state of evangelicalism in Canada and how evangelicalism may move forward proclaiming the gospel and discipling people.

Let’s take a more focused look at the data from the Angus Reid Institute, which looked at people of all faiths in Canada, and see what their data tells us about evangelicals specifically.

What Do Canadian Evangelicals Believe?
The survey done by the Angus Reid Institute focused less on theological beliefs and more on social/moral beliefs.

Without a doubt, one of the most prevalent and polarizing issues in North America today is the issue of same-sex marriage and related LGBT concerns. The culture battle between social conservatives and social liberals has been raging for decades, but within the last few years, there has been an obvious shift in the direction of LGBT affirmation and inclusion.

Statistically, most Christians are social conservatives—we see that played out here in the United States all the time in our politics. But what about in Canada? What do Canadian evangelicals think about same-sex marriage?

  • 46 percent of Canadian evangelicals “disapprove of and do not accept” same-sex marriage. (Compared to 16% of all Canadians)
  • 29 percent of Canadian evangelicals “disapprove of but accept” same-sex marriage. (Compared to 21% of all Canadians)
  • 25 percent of Canadian evangelicals “approve of and accept” same-sex marriage. (Compared to 63% of all Canadians)

What about matters surrounding abortion? What do Canadian evangelicals think about the life of the unborn?

  • 18 percent of Canadian evangelicals “approve of and accept” a woman being able to obtain a legal abortion for any reason. (Compared to 51% of all Canadians)
  • 28 percent of Canadian evangelicals “disapprove of but accept” a woman being able to obtain a legal abortion for any reason. (Compared to 29% of all Canadians)
  • 54 percent of Canadian evangelicals “disapprove of and do not accept” a woman being able to obtain a legal abortion for any reason. (Compared to 19% of all Canadians)

What about international relations? What do Canadian evangelicals think about supporting other countries around the world?

Thirty-eight percent of Canadian evangelicals agree that they need to worry about their own country and let the rest of the world take care of itself; 62 percent disagree, saying they think Canada should support other nations. Of all Canadians, 46 percent think Canada needs to focus on taking care of itself, as opposed to 54 percent of Canadians who think they should support other nations.

When it comes to social issues, it seems as though Canadian evangelicals are similarly, in many ways, out of step with the culture.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Ed Stetzer and Chris Martin