Aug 20, 2013

The Bible in America

More than three-quarters of Americans believe morals are declining. Of those, nearly a third say the cause is not enough Bible reading, according to a Barna Group study done for the American Bible Society. 

Other highlights:
  • 26 percent say they read the Bible four times per week or more.
  • 61 percent say they wish they read the Bible more.
  • 38 percent say they read the King James Version.
  • The verses most cited as favorite were John 3:16 (20 percent), Psalm 23 (9 percent) and Jeremiah 29:11 (2 percent). 
  • The average American home has about 4 Bibles. 
  • 12 percent of Americans say they don't own a Bible.
  • The percentage of Americans who don't own a Bible has increased by four points in the last decade.
  • The percentage of Americans who say the Bible is sacred literature has declined by 6 points in the last two years. 
  • 49 percent believe the Bible is without error, but more than half of those do not believe everything in the Bible is to be taken "literally, word for word."
  • 6 percent of Americans say there are no holy books. 
  • 10 percent of regular Bible readers ages 18-28 say Revelation is their favorite book. 
The report, State of the Bible in 2013, can be found here.