Top 101 Theology Questions in 2020 (According to Google)

By Brandon Todd Clay / March 18, 2020

The top 101 questions people ask about God, Christianity, and apologetics based on Google search queries with links to biblical answers – updated with 2020 data.

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 – aka theology questions. In addition, to the questions, we added a link to a biblical and authoritative post that answers the question.

Previous Year’s Lists:

Top 101 Theological Questions in 2019
Top 101 Theological Questions in 2018

 Question*Monthly Search Volume**
1 What is love? (love) 5,000,000
2 What is the Big Bang theory? (big bang theory) 2,740,000
3 Who is Jesus? (jesus) 1,830,000
4 What is the church? (church) 1,220,000
5 What is the Salvation Army? (salvation army) 1,000,000
6 Who is God? (god) 1,000,000
7 What are the seven deadly sins? (seven deadly sins) 1,000,000
8 What is life? (life) 1,000,000
9 What is the Bible? (bible / scripture) 823,000
10 What is meditation? (meditation) 823,000
11 Where are churches near me? (churches near me) 823,000
12 What is hell? (hades / hell) 673,000
13 What is heaven? (heaven) 673,000
14 What is the Catholic Church? (catholic church) 550,000
15 What is evolution? (evolution) 550,000
16 What is prayer? (pray / prayer) 550,000
17 What is the Lord's Prayer? (the lord's prayer) 450,000
18 What is an atheist? (atheist)450,000
19 What is a preacher? (preacher)450,000
20 What is sin? (sin / iniquity) 450,000
21What was Noah's Ark? (noah's ark) 301,000
22What is baptism? (baptism) 301,000
23What is the serenity prayer? (serenity prayer) 301,000
24 What is evil? (evil) 301,000
25 What is a pastor? (pastor) 301,000
26 What is the gospel? (gospel) 301,000
27 What is reality? (reality) 301,000
28What is the Trinity? (trinity) 301,000
29What is the Book of Psalms? (psalm) 246,000
30What does it mean to be omnipotent? (omnipotent) 246,000
31 What is a prayer for healing? (prayer for healing) 246,000
32 What is the fear of God (fear of god) 246,000
33What is Hillsong? (hillsong) & Concerns about Hillsong 246,000
34What is agape? (agape) - Biblical Greek word for 'love'. 246,000
35 What does God look like? (god images) 246,000
36Who am I? (who am i) 246,000
37 What is the Orthodox Church? (orthodox) 201,000
38What is gluttony? (gluttony) 201,000
39 What is the Kingdom of Heaven? (kingdom of heaven) 201,000
40 What is truth? (truth)201,000
41 What is the meaning of life? (meaning of life) 201,000
42 What is salvation? (salvation) 201,000
43 Who was Isaiah / What is the book of Isaiah? (isaiah) 165,000
44 What is Presbyterianism? (presbyterian) 165,000
45Who was Jeremiah / what is the Book of Jeremiah? (Jeremiah) 165,000
46Who was St. Peter? (st peter)165,000
47What is the Apostle's Creed? (apostle's creed) 165,000
48 What are the fruits of the Spirit? (fruits of the spirit) 165,000
49 What is the 'evil eye' and should I be worried about it? (evil eye) 165,000
50What is fornication? (fornication) 165,000
51What is a morning prayer? (morning prayer) 165,000
52 What is reincarnation? (reincarnation) 165,000
53What is Pentecostalism? (pentecostal) 165,000
54 Who is St. Michael? (st michael) 165,000
55 What is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
or Mormonism? (church of jesus christ of latter day saints)
135,000
56What is a deity? (deity) 135,000
57 What is doctrine? (doctrine) 135,000
58How to meditate as a Christian? (meditate) 135,000
59What is the Mennonite Church? (mennonite) 135,000
60 What is the 'Hail Mary' prayer? (hail mary) 135,000
61 What is Palm Sunday? (Palm Sunday) 135,000
62What is an evangelist? (evangelist) 135,000
63 Who is the Holy Spirit? (holy spirit) 135,000
64What did Jesus look like? (jesus pictures) 135,000
65Who was Ezekiel / what is the Book of Ezekiel? (ezekiel) 110,000
66What is the Book of Ecclesiastes? (Ecclesiastes) 110,000
67What is the Book of Deuteronomy? (Ecclesiastes) 110,000
68What is a sermon? (sermon) 110,000
69What are some encouraging Bible verses? (encouraging bible verses) 110,000
70Why do we say 'God bless you' when someone sneezes? (god bless you) 110,000
71What are some healing verses in Scripture? (healing scriptures) 110,000
72What does eternal mean? (eternal meaning) 110,000
73What is the armor of God? (armor of god)110,000
74 What are some Bible verses about faith? (bible verses about faith) 110,000
75 What is the tithe? (tithe) 110,000
76What is the Immaculate Conception (Mary)? (immaculate conception) 110,000
77What is avarice? (avarice) 110,000
78 What is the Baptist church? (baptist church) 90,500
79 Who were David & Goliath? (david and goliath) 90,500
80What is an Evangelical? (evangelical) 90,500
81What is the Methodist Church? (umc / methodist church) 90,500
82What is the Episcopal Church denomination? (episcopal church) 90,500
83What is monotheism? (monotheism) 90,500
84 What is deism? (deism) 90,500
85What is polytheism? (polytheism) 90,500
86 What are the names of God? (names of god) 90,500
87 What is the rosary prayer? (rosary prayer) 90,500
88 What is the rosary prayer? (rosary prayer) 90,500
88 What is christening (christening) 90,500
89 What is original sin? (original sin) 90,500
90What is the Act of Contrition (act of contrition) 90,500
91When was Jesus born? (when was jesus born)90,500
92What does Jehovah mean? (jehovah) 90,500
93What is the Eucharist? (eucharist) 74,000
94What is the Brethren church? (brethren) 74,000
95What is the Church of Christ 'denomination'?74,000
96What are some inspirational Bible verses? (inspirational bible verses) 74,000
97How to study the Bible? (bible study) 74,000
98What does 'adonai' mean? (adonai) 74,000
99What does 'the Lord is my Shepherd' mean? (lord is my shepherd) Found in Psalm 23 74,000
100What does it mean that 'God is love'? (god is love)74,000
101What is apologetics? (apologetics) 74,000

Methodology for Compiling the Top 101 Questions in 2020

Every list of theology questions will be different. Each researcher will filter out good queries that could be considered theology questions 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. Google sometimes does NOT include obvious queries in their results (ex. ‘christian’).
  • 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 groups in the Christian tradition: Catholic Church, Methodist Church, etc.
  • Science, evolution, etc.
  • Philosophical questions: what is truth, etc.
  • Trustworthiness of Biblical doctrines questions.

Exceptions

  • Names and books were removed.
  • Types of meditations were removed (ex. mindfulness meditation).
  • Individual churches and 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 March 2020. Numbers are estimates based on data Google shares with its advertisers.

Brandon 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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