New Theology Survey Finds Well Over Half of Millennials Think Abortion Is a Sin


Religion/Culture Expert Dr. Alex McFarland Speaking to Students and Faculty at Pro-Life Event at University of Louisville on Election Day


GREENSBORO, N.C.—More millennials now say that abortion is a sin, which will help advance the pro-life movement and save the lives of unborn babies for generations to come, says religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland.


Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research teamed up for the 2018 State of Theology survey, which measures the theological temperature of the United States to help Christians better understand today’s culture and equip the church with better insights for discipleship.


The survey found that a 52 percent majority of American adults now consider abortion a sin, up from 49 percent two years ago. Even more encouraging is that pro-life support is strongest among the 18- to 34-year-old age group, which expressed 57 percent support for the idea that abortion is a sin—up from 50 percent two years ago.


“The defense of life is a defense of our Constitution, and those who are afraid to stand for life and for absolute morality are putting our nation at risk,” McFarland said. “If individuals want to reject morality, they have the freedom to do so, but let’s not think for a moment that the rejection of natural law and morality as part of our national fabric will not impact the life and liberty we hold so dear.”


McFarland sees this fact—and the nation’s declining abortion rate—as a welcome sign. Next week, he will speak on the University of Louisville campus about when life truly begins.


WHO:       Dr. Alex McFarland

WHAT:    Pro-life address: “When Does Human Personhood Begin”

WHERE:  University of Louisville, Health Science Center, Building A

WHEN:    Noon, Tuesday, Nov. 6

WHY:       To speak with students about the importance of a millennial-driven pro-life movement

HOW:       Professional students and faculty will be specially invited to the event; to attend as a member of the media, contact or (610) 584-1096, ext. 108.


“The very first God-given right outlined in our Declaration of Independence is the right to life,” McFarland added. “For 45 years, the United States has legally denied this right to millions of unborn babies. And by doing so, our nation has also denied these babies every other right Americans enjoy—they have no liberty, no opportunity to pursue happiness. A nation that counts life cheap is not a nation of liberty, opportunity or justice for all, and we deceive ourselves to think differently. When the most defenseless among us are daily slaughtered by the thousands on the altar of choice, we have become a nation not of freedom but of utter depravity.”


McFarland also addresses abortion in his book, “10 Issues that Divide Christians,” in which he writes:


“If individual human rights (such as the right to life) exist, what is their source? Do our rights come from the government? From the culture surrounding us? America’s founders (and subsequent thinkers such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) pointed out that rights come from God. America was unique in its founding premise that the role of government was not to grant rights but to protect the rights conferred on man by his Maker…


“Freedoms can be protected or infringed upon, but government cannot truly give them or take them; human rights are from God. Certainly the most basic of these is the right to life.”


McFarland is coming off another successful Truth for a New Generation (TNG) apologetics conference this past weekend near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The events aim to help students, parents, youth pastors and community members to lift up this young generation, pray for them and empower them to stand strong in their faith.


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For more information on TNG or to interview Dr. Alex McFarland, contact Deborah Hamilton,, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Jeff Tolson, ext. 108.

Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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