Two new surveys have revealed what Americans believe about the Bible and how often they read it.
The two surveys were conducted by the Barna Group and the American Bible Society and by LifeWay Research, respectively, according to Relevant Magazine.
The Barna/American Bible Society study revealed that the number of Americans who read the Bible regularly and the number of Americans who are skeptical of the Bible has begun to stabilize after the amount of skeptics increased and the amount of regular Bible readers decreased in 2011.
Now, in 2017, the survey found that Americans who are “friendly” with the Bible (defined as engaged with it regularly but less than four times a week) has increased to 38 percent, while those who are skeptical of the Bible and see it as “just another book of teachings written by men” has decreased to 19 percent.
The Barna/American Bible Society survey also found that the older someone is, the more likely they are to regularly engage with the Bible. Millennials were found to be the least engaged with the Bible.
The LifeWay survey also revealed interesting results. This study found that over a third of Americans found the Bible helpful (37 percent), life-changing (35 percent), and true (36 percent). A majority even said they believe the Bible is a good measure of morality.
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Publication date: May 1, 2017