Charisma Magazine: Study Shows Pentecostal Generation Gap

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Some 21 percent of all adults—and a quarter of all Christians—consider themselves Pentecostal or charismatic, according to a new Barna Group poll.

The study found that the demographic crosses denominational, geographic and political lines, with 20 percent of Catholics and 26 percent of Protestants stating that they have been filled with the Holy Spirit and operate in at least one charismatic gift, such as tongues, prophecy or healing. Nearly a quarter of Republicans, 23 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of Independent voters identify themselves as Pentecostal or charismatic.

But the national telephone survey of 1,005 adults found striking generational differences among the group. Baby busters, or those ages 26 to 44, were the most likely to describe themselves as Pentecostal or charismatic, with 29 percent embracing that label. Some 26 percent of Mosaics, or 18- to 25-year-olds, and 25 percent of Christians aged 64 and older described themselves as Pentecostal-charismatic. Only 20 percent of baby boomers, or those between the ages of 45 and 63, described themselves as Pentecostal or charismatic.

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Posted March 30, 2010 at 6:40 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Hmmm.  The results surprise me, maybe because I’m both a Boomer and a charismatic myself.  But the fact remains that the charismatic movement as a movement probably peaked in the 1970s, when a lot of us Boomers were young.  So I would’ve expected higher numbers with regard to Boomer involvement in it.  Seems strange.

David Handy+

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