Top 101 Theological Questions in 2019 (According to Google)

By Todd Clay / March 17, 2019

The top 101 questions people ask about God, Christianity, and apologetics based on Google search queries with links to Biblical answers – updated with 2019 data.

Last year, we created our inaugural version of the Top 101 Theological Questions in 2018. It was the most popular post on the blog. The aim of this post is to provide a list of questions that people type into Google every day: questions about God, Christianity, apologetics, and anything else related to Christian theology. In addition, to the questions, we added a link to a Biblical or true, authoritative post that answers the question.

This year, we wanted to replicate the post with some notable changes:

  • Added ‘denominations’ and Christian groups that were mostly absent last year.
  • Added sins and doctrines that were mostly absent last year.
  • Added Bible characters that were mostly absent last year.
  • Added Bible verses that were mostly absent last year.

 

 Question*Monthly Search Volume**
1 What is love? (love) 3,350,000
2 What is the Bible? (bible / scripture) 1,830,000
3 Who is Jesus? (jesus) 1,500,000
4 What is the church? (church) 1,000,000
5 What is the Salvation Army? (salvation army) 1,000,000
6 Who is God? (god) 823,000
7 What is meditation? (meditation) 673,000
8 What is evolution? (evolution) 673,000
9 What is the Big Bang? (big bang) 673,000
10 What is the Catholic Church? (catholic church) 450,000
11 What is a Christian? (christian) 450,000
12 What is heaven? (heaven) 450,000
13 What is sin? (sin / iniquity) 450,000
14 What is hell? (hades / hell) 368,000
15 What is reality? (reality) 368,000
16 What is the gospel? (gospel) 301,000
17 What is salvation? (salvation) 301,000
18 What is prayer? (pray / prayer) 301,000
19 What is the Lord's Prayer? (the lord's prayer) 301,000
20 What does God look like? (god images) 301,000
21What was Noah's Ark? (noah's ark) 246,000
22What is Hillsong? (hillsong) & Concerns about Hillsong 246,000
23What does it mean to be omnipotent? (omnipotent) 246,000
24What is the serenity prayer? (serenity prayer) 246,000
25What is baptism? (baptism) 246,000
26Who Am I? (who am i) 246,000
27What is agape? (agape) - Biblical Greek word for 'love'. 201,000
28What is the Apostle's Creed? (apostle's creed) 201,000
29What is gluttony? (gluttony) 201,000
30 What is the fear of God (fear of god) 201,000
31 What is the meaning of life? (meaning of life) 201,000
32 What is truth? (truth)201,000
33What is the Methodist Church? (umc / methodist church) 165,000
34 What is a prayer for healing? (prayer for healing) 165,000
35 What is the Kingdom of Heaven? (kingdom of heaven) 165,000
36 What is a pastor? (pastor) 165,000
37 What is evil? (evil) 165,000
38 What are the fruits of the Spirit? (fruits of the spirit) 165,000
39 Who was Isaiah / What is the book of Isaiah? (isaiah) 135,000
40 What is the Orthodox Church? (orthodox) 135,000
41 What is Presbyterianism? (presbyterian) 135,000
42What is a deity? (deity) 135,000
43How to meditate as a Christian? (meditate) 135,000
44What is fornication? (fornication) 135,000
45What is an evangelist? (evangelist) 135,000
46 What is reincarnation? (reincarnation) 135,000
47 What is the 'Hail Mary' prayer? (hail mary) 135,000
48What is a morning prayer? (morning prayer) 135,000
49 Who is the Holy Spirit? (holy spirit) 135,000
50What is Christian dogma / doctrine? (christian dogma) 110,000
51Who was Ezekiel / what is the Book of Ezekiel? (ezekiel) 110,000
52What is Pentecostalism? (pentecostal) 110,000
53What are some healing scripture verses? (healing scriptures) 110,000
54What is avarice? (avarice) 110,000
55What is the Mennonite Church? (mennonite) 110,000
56What did Jesus look like? (jesus pictures) 110,000
57Who was Jeremiah / what is the Book of Jeremiah? (Jeremiah) 90,500
58What is the Book of Ecclesiastes? (Ecclesiastes) 90,500
59Why do we say 'God bless you' when someone sneezes? (god bless you) 90,500
60What is the Book of Deuteronomy? (Ecclesiastes) 90,500
61What is the Immaculate Conception (Mary)? (immaculate conception) 90,500
62What does Jehovah mean? (jehovah) 90,500
63What is Communion? (communion) 90,500
64What is the Book of Psalms? (psalms) 90,500
65What is an Evangelical? (evangelical) 90,500
66What is monotheism? (monotheism) 90,500
67What are some encouraging Bible verses? (encouraging bible verses) 90,500
68 What is deism? (deism) 90,500
69 What does eternal mean? (eternal meaning) 90,500
70 What are some Bible verses about faith? (bible verses about faith) 90,500
71 What are the names of God? (names of god) 90,500
72 Who is the Archangel Michael? (archangel michael) 90,500
73 What is original sin? (original sin) 90,500
74 What is the 'evil eye' and should I be worried about it? (evil eye) 90,500
75 What is life? (what is life) 90,500
76 Who were David & Goliath? (david and goliath) 74,000
77 What is Calvary (calvary) 74,000
78 What is the Baptist church? (baptist church) 74,000
79What does 'adonai' mean? (adonai) 74,000
80What is the 'Holy Trinity'? (holy trinity) 74,000
81What is the Nicene Creed? (nicene creed) 74,000
82What is a sermon? (sermon) 74,000
83What is the Episcopal Church denomination? (episcopal church) 74,000
84What is the Brethren church? (brethren) 74,000
85What are some inspirational Bible verses? (inspirational bible verses) 74,000
86What is polytheism? (polytheism) 74,000
87What are some prayers for strength? (prayers for strength) 74,000
88What is apologetics? (apologetics) 74,000
89Does Jesus love me? (jesus loves me) 74,000
90What is the Act of Contrition (act of contrition) 74,000
91What is the Seventh Day Adventist church? (seventh day adventists) 74,000
92What is a spirit? (spirit meaning) 74,000
93What is a supplication? (supplication) 74,000
94When was Jesus born? (when was jesus born) 74,000
95What is mammon? (mammon) 74,000
96What does 'the Lord is my Shepherd' mean? (lord is my shepherd) Found in Psalm 23 60,500
97How to study the Bible? (bible study) 60,500
98What is the Catholic Bible? (catholic bible) 60,500
99Who was John the Baptist? (john the baptist) 60,500
100What is the Church of Christ 'denomination'? 60,500
101What does 'be still and know that I am God' mean? 60,500

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 questions.

  • We used Google’s Keyword Planner (a keyword research tool) to compile a new list of theological queries. This year’s research captured more queries not in the last year’s list.
  • All search queries are questions, though not all are phrased as questions.
  • Many query variations of the same general question. We 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.
  • Like last year’s 101 questions, results are worldwide – NOT just from the US.

Inclusions

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

Exceptions

  • Names and books were removed.
  • Types of meditations were removed.
  • Individual churches or ministries were removed.
  • Bible versions and Bible references were removed.
  • Other gods / goddesses were removed.
  • Philosophies and religions were removed (unless compared with Christianity).
  • Noteable related exceptions: what is freedom, what is philosophy.

* Queries are 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 January 2019. Numbers are estimates based on data Google shares with its advertisers.

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.

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