Following my many years of living amongst Christians, debating them, reading their literature and my, luckily, brief incarnation (~5 years. I don't really count the first 10 years of my life) as a Christian, I wish to attempt a brief characterisation of the various types of Christians I have encountered.
If you find any of this represents you, I would be much obliged if you could respond. In fact, respond anyway about how you approach your Christian faith.
Here we go;
1) The Simple Christian
These are characterised as the simple and well-meaning Christian who acquired their beliefs from their culture and have never questioned what they believe. These types of Xians are usually ignorant of the core tenets of their beliefs and rely part or wholy on the religions leaders to direct aspects of the lives and beliefs. They tend to accept everything from the religious elders without question and are thus open to exploitation. The great majority of such Xians are illiterate or semi-illiterate and rarely or never read their holy books.
They tend to have high level of faith in their religion, almost unshakable, as they would have been little exposure to other ideological postions and they generally lack the cognitive skills to assess alternative positions.
You would find such Xians amongst all the myriads of Xian denominations - Catholics, Evangelicals, Baptists, etc and typically characterised by that country-pumpkin attitude. Since the level of literacy is low amongst such, you would find most of their in underdeveloped/privileged areas as in the African village communities amongst the ill-educated
2) Basic or social Christian.
These are the slightly better educated Christian who are passionate about their belief but lack the individual industry to investigate it themselves. The have good reading and comprehension skills, but they would never read their bible unless there is an occasion (like church, prayer meeting, etc). On such occasion, they get directed from verse to verse by the preacher and they just sit there and shake their heads and even take notes, or highlight (or underline) their bibles. The minute they are out of the devotional environment, their level of commitment dimishes.
These sort of Christian would have been brought up in a loosely Christian environment and it would be taken for granted that their religion is right and true. Their basic level of education means that they are amenable to other ideas and are thus easily enticeable to other Christian denominations.
As far as their religion is concerned, nothing but faith speaks to them. Their basic educations mean they lack the cognitive skills to assess and relate other important fields of human endeavour. The may have some basic science education but they would NOT have ingrained the principles of scientific and philosophical enquiry. They tend to be highly manipulable and pliable in other areas of life.
These tend to be biblical literalists and would be in opposition to scientific developments either for want of understanding or for sheer ignorance. They would not understand scientific concepts/theories such as The Theory of Evolution, Big Bang, etc.
In my experience, the vast majority of Christians would find themselves in this class.
3) Pseudo-sophisticated Christian.
This type of Christian is sheer blooded-mindedly silly and a zealot, all at once. They are particularly industrous and diligent in their attachment to Christianity and would continue to be so even if the bones of Jesus were to be discovered today and it was proven 100% that these were Jesus's bones. They do not care about the truth as much as their affiliation to a superstitious myth. Their industry means that they would have spent time and money investigating the various criticisms of theism and christianity but because they are committed to their position are impervious to reason. In fact, because of the sense of cognitive disonance they inevitably feel, they would tend to be even more zealous for their defunct ideas. The operative word for these types is intellectual dishonesty.
They like to engage others, christians and non christians alike in debates and even if caught lying or in dishonesty will rarely back down.
Examples of such are Kent Hovind and many apologist here on Niaraland such as davidylan, pilgrim, Stimulus, Imhotep, etc, etc
Other characterisation to follow . . .