July 19, 2003

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Presbyterians Are Asked About Jesus, Being Saved

From L.A. Times Wire Services

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A survey of the Presbyterian

Church (U.S.A.) found that most of its members believe Jesus is "the only
absolute truth," but many also reject the idea that only followers of Christ
will be saved.

The study also found that the denomination's members are generally
middle-aged and overwhelmingly white. About half said they were Republican.

The findings are from a survey of about 3,500 laypeople and clergy that the
Presbyterians' research division conducted between October and January.

About 70% of congregants and pastors surveyed said Christ was "the only
absolute truth," while a little more than 40% believed that Jesus was the
single path to salvation.

The study, released last month, also found that women made up 61% of the 2.5
million-member denomination, while most of the clergy were men.