Teenage Christians steal music too – extensively, it appears.

Salon yesterday unearthed a contradiction among young Christians, who swap music with their prayers. A report claims 77-81 per cent of teenagers who listened to Christian music had engaged in music piracy in the last six months.

Ironically, the study was commissioned by the Gospel Music Association (GMA), and its findings are "being used to shape an industry-wide campaign to educate and inform Christian music consumers about illegal downloading, file sharing and CD burning".

This campaign will be called "millions of wrongs don’t make a right".

John W Styll, president of the GMA, said: "Like all other segments of the music industry, our album sales have been affected by the ongoing music piracy committed by consumers.

"We went into this study wanting to learn more about our young consumers and how their faith intersects with this vital issue. We were somewhat surprised to find that it does not. This furthers our resolve that we, meaning the industry, parents and spiritual leaders, need to do a better job educating the hearts and minds of young people to the basic biblical principle, 'thou shalt not steal.'"

There is some way to go: only one in thirteen teenagers surveyed felt any moral opposition to piracy.