New stats say 1 in 5 teens are ‘active Christians’ – but do the numbers really add up?

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

When something seems too good to be true, it’s probably because it is. As reported by the Daily Telegraph at the weekend, a new piece of research suggests that 21 per cent of young people (aged between 11 and 18) describe themselves at ‘active followers of Jesus’. And while that is a wonderful idea, and one that all of us involved in youth ministry hope and pray for, I’m afraid it definitely doesn’t ring true. One of the team behind the research was quoted as being ‘shocked’ by the results, and said ‘there was disbelief among the team because [that number] was so high’. It’s a remarkably honest sentiment, and one I share.

Is it really true that 20 per cent of young people are active Christians? Unsplash

The problem is that the reality on the ground doesn’t match up with that number at all, or with the claim that 13 per cent

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