Top 101 Theological Questions in 2018 (According to Google)

By Brandon Todd Clay / March 4, 2018

The top 101 questions people ask about God and Christianity based on Google search query data – with links to Biblical answers.

(Updated version – 2019)

Ever wonder what other people think about God?

Google maintains a database of questions (aka “search queries” or “keywords”) that users type into that ubiquitous blank box every day. Many questions are driven by news events like “who won the Warriors game last night?” Others questions are evergreen like “how to make rice”. Still other questions relate to God, Christianity, and other topics the Bible addresses.

This post shows the top 101 questions people ask about God and Christianity which includes theological, apologetic, philosophical, and other questions people ask that could be considered theological. The most searched questions are at the top – and so on.

In addition, each question is linked to a helpful resource to help further your knowledge about the question from a Biblical perspective. Some of these questions are answered on this site, but most are answered on other helpful sites.

 

NumberQuestion*Monthly Search Volume**
1 What is love? (love) 3,350,000
2 What is the Bible? (bible) 2,240,000
3 Who is Jesus? (jesus) 1,220,000
4 What is the church? (church) 1,000,000
5 Who is God? (god) 823,000
6 What is the Big Bang? (big bang) 823,000
7 What is meditation? (meditation) 673,000
8 What is evolution? (evolution) 673,000
9 What is the Catholic Church? (catholic church) 450,000
10 What is sin? (sin) 450,000
11 What is a Christian? (christian) 450,000
12 What is heaven? (heaven) 301,000
13 What is reality? (reality) 301,000
14 Who am I? (who am i) 301,000
15 What is hell? (hell) 301,000
16 What is the gospel? (gospel) 301,000
17 What does God look like? (god images) 246,000
18 What is the meaning of life? (meaning of life) 246,000
19 What is prayer? (prayer) 246,000
20 What is salvation? (salvation) 201,000
21 What is the fear of God (fear of god) 165,000
22 What is truth? (truth) 165,000
23 What is evil? (evil) 165,000
24 How do you meditate? (how to meditate) 135,000
25 What is reincarnation? (reincarnation) 135,000
26 What did Jesus look like? (jesus images) 135,000
27 Who is the Holy Spirit? (holy spirit) 110,000
28 What is an evangelist? (evangelist) 110,000
29 What is original sin? (original sin) 90,500
30 What is Scripture? (scripture) 90,500
31 Is God a God of love? (god of love) 74,000
32 Is there life after death? (life after death) 74,000
33 When was Jesus born? (when was jesus born) 74,000
34 What is the Catholic Bible? (catholic bible) 60,500
35 Who is the Son of God? (son of god) 60,500
36 What was the crucifixion? (crucifixion) 60,500
37 What is pantheism? (what is pantheism) 60,500
38 What is the religion of peace? (religion of peace) 49,500
39 Are near death experiences real? (near death experiences) 49,500
40 What are the world\'s religions (world religions) 49,500
41 What is a theist? (theist) 40,500
42 Who wrote the Bible? (who wrote the bible) 40,500
43 What is time? (what is time) 40,500
44 Is God real? (is god real) 40,500
45 What is transhumanism? (what is transhumanism) 40,500
46 What is creationism? (what is creationism) 40,500
47 What is religion? (what is religion) 33,100
48 Where was Jesus born? (where was jesus born) 33,100
49 Why do we dream? (why do we dream) 27,100
50 What is faith? (what is faith) 27,100
51 Was Jesus resurrected? (was jesus resurrected) 27,100
52 What is morality? (what is morality) 27,100
53 Is Jesus God? (is jesus god) 27,100
54 What is Christianity? (what is christianity) 27,100
55 What are all the names of Jesus? (names of jesus) 27,100
56 What is Orthodox Christianity? (orthodox christianity) 27,100
57 What is the Word of God? (word of god) 27,100
58 What is sin? (what is sin) 22,200
59 What is spirituality? (spirituality definition) 22,200
60 What were the miracles of Jesus? (miracles of jesus) 22,200
61 Can you help me, God? (help me god) 22,200
62 What does it mean to be Biblical? (biblical) 22,200
63 What is prayer to the Holy Spirit? (prayer to the holy spirit) 22,200
64 Who created God (who created god) 18,100
65 Is there a God of death? (god of death) 18,100
66 How did Jesus pray? (jesus prayer) 18,100
67 What do Christians believe? (christianity beliefs) 18,100
68 What is the logos? (what is logos) 18,100
69 What did God create? (god\'s creation) 18,100
70 What does the Bible teach about homosexuality? (homosexuality in the bible) 18,100
71 What is holiness? (holiness) 18,100
72 What does "I am Who I am" mean? (i am who i am) 14,800
73 What is a mortal sin? (mortal sin) 14,800
74 What is the Ontological Argument for the existence of God? (ontological argument) 14,800
75 What is the history of Christianity? (history of christianity) 14,800
76 What is good? (what is good) 14,800
77 What is the story of Jesus? (jesus story) 14,800
78 What is a right? (what is a right) 14,800
79 How did the universe begin? (origin of the universe) 14,800
80 Is Jesus the Lord? (jesus is lord) 14,800
81 What are the major Christian denominations? (christian denominations) 14,800
82 What is the history of the Bible? (history of the bible) 14,800
83 What is a born again Christian? (born again christian) 14,800
84 What is salvation? (what is salvation) 12,100
85 What is beauty? (what is beauty) 12,100
86 Is there any proof for God? (proof of god) 12,100
87 What is death? (what is death) 12,100
88 What is consciousness? (what is consciousness) 12,100
89 What is ethical relativism? (what is ethical relativism) 12,100
90 What is the New Testament? (new testament bible) 12,100
91What is Jesus' love? (jesus love)12,100
92Where is the Christmas Story in the Bible? (christmas story bible)12,100
93What are God's blessings? (god's blessings)12,100
94What contradictions are in the Bible? (contradictions in the bible)12,100
95What is eternal life? (eternal life)12,100
96What is an Evangelical Christian? (evangelical christian)12,100
97What happens after you die? (what happens after you die)12,100
98Where was Jesus crucified? (where was jesus crucified)12,100
99Where is God? (where is god)9,900
100What does it mean to be gay? (what is gay)9,900
101Was Jesus real? (was jesus real)9,900

 

Methodology for Compiling the Top 101 Questions

Every list of popular Christian apologetics questions will be different. Each researcher will filter out good queries that could be considered theological or apologetic queries by another researcher. So it’s important to list the assumptions for any set of queries.

  • This list was originally compiled using other lists of questions about God and then input into Google’s Keyword Planner (a keyword research tool).
  • All search queries are questions, though not all are phrased as questions.
  • Many query variations of the same general question. I did compress some queries into one query.
  • Initial queries are not necessarily directed towards Christians, but queries can be answered by Christian theology. Ex. “What is the meaning of life”
  • Questions are asked by Christians and non-Christians.
  • Results are a snapshot of questions the broader culture is asking at the time the keyword research was accessed. In 10 years, the list may be significantly different.

Inclusions

  • Basic Christian theology questions.
  • Psychological questions: who am I.
  • Varieties of Christianity: catholic church, etc.
  • Science: cosmology, evolution, etc.
  • Philosophical questions: what is truth, etc.
  • Trustworthiness of Biblical doctrines questions.

Exceptions

  • Names and books were removed.
  • Philosophies and religions were removed (unless compared with Christianity).
  • Noteable related exceptions: what is freedom, what is philosophy.

* Queries are usually rephrased in the form of a question. The original query is in parentheses based on the original keyword export.

** Monthly search volume is based on global search volume for all languages for the exact query typed from Nov. & Dec. 2017. Numbers are estimates based on data Google shares with its advertisers.

Brandon Todd Clay is a husband, dad, and a Christian (Reformed Baptist). He enjoys researching about everyday, complex, and sometimes obscure theological issues in every field of knowledge and tries to make things easy to understand. He is married and has 4 children, one of whom (Knox) is now with the Lord. Todd holds a BA in history from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Theological Studies from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

9 responses to “Top 101 Theological Questions in 2018 (According to Google)”

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    The site is no longer pulling the table with the actual list. Are you going to fix that? This is a great resource that I had used often…

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    How can one access this list?

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