George Gallup, Jr. died earlier this month at age 81. In addition to being an extraordinary pollster, the son of the Gallup Poll founder was also someone who proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ.
Over the years, he noted the the difference between orthodoxy and orthopraxy — the gap between what American Christians say and do, the divide between their beliefs and their practices. And he noted their biblical illiteracy.
Terry Mattingly has a fantastic column this week that pays tribute to Gallup. He also focused on Gallup in this 1990 column (courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.
In 1990, Gallup said this about Americans while addressing the Evangelical Press Association:
“We revere the Bible, but don’t read it. We believe the Ten Commandments to be valid rules for living, although we can’t name them. We believe in God, but this God is a totally affirming one, not a demanding one. He does not command our total allegiance. We have other gods before him.”