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State of the Bible 2013

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Did you watch The Bible series on the History Channel leading up to Easter this year? If you did, you’re not alone. The Barna Group did some research to see what Americans think of the bible and they discovered some interesting things.

AMERICANS OWN AND WANT TO READ THE BIBLE

Wow, nine out of ten Americans own a bible! And in fact, bible owners have 3.5 bibles in their house (how you own half a bible is beyond us!). When you look at Mosaics (people aged 18-28), it drops to eight out of ten (79%) who own a bible. Apparently atheists dig the bible too cuz the study found that six out of ten Americans (59%) who have no faith or who identify as atheists own a Bible!

Do you think Canadians own and want to read the bible? What do you think the #’s would be for us here in the North?

YOUNG PEOPLE WANT WISDOM FROM THE BIBLE

No surprise that the Mosaics (people 18-28) are looking for guidance from the scriptures on dating & relationships. Quite a few are turning to the scriptures for parenting tips.

Do you think young people in Canada want wisdom from the bible too? What areas do you think they want wisdom on? What do you think our percentages would be?

THE MIDDLE GROUND IS DISAPPEARING

Engaged: the Bible is the actual Word of God or inspired Word with no errors. Read the Bible at least four times weekly.
Friendly – moderate/light: the Bible is the actual Word of God or inspired Word with no errors.
Neutral: the Bible is the inspired Word with errors or not inspired but tells how writers understood ways of God. Rarely or never read the Bible.
Antagonistic: the Bible is just another book of teachings written by men with stories and advice. Rarely or never read the Bible.

Hmmm, it looks like those who are friendly or neutral towards the Bible are becoming Antagonists as it’s nearly doubled in two years.

Do you think Canadians are following this trend? How would you define your peers?

Check out the full article and stats here.

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