14 Things Americans Think About The Bible In 2013

A nationwide study about Americans’ perceptions and use of the Bible conducted by evangelical faith and culture research group Barna Research found 80% of American adults consider the Bible to be sacred or holy. The study included 1,005 telephone interviews and 1,078 online surveys in January.

1. 80% of Americans consider the Bible sacred or holy.

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2. 88% of American households own a Bible.

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3. 56% of Americans believe the Bible has too little influence in today’s society.

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4. Those who are 48 years old and older are the most likely to believe this.

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5. The King James version is the most popular.

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6. 22% believe the Bible is the literal word of God and should be taken literally, word for word.

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7. 31% said their faith influences their voting “a great deal.”

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8. Those who read the Bible are more likely to give to a charity or nonprofit organization.

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9. 20% of Bible readers said John 3:16 was their favorite verse. 9% said Psalm 23 was their favorite verse.

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10. 16% strongly agree that the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths.

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11. 29% of Bible readers have read the Bible on smartphones in the past year.

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12. 47% strongly agree that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.

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13. 45% strongly agree that the Bible teaches God helps those who help themselves.

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14. 78% knew that the statement “Noah was married to Joan of Arc” is false.

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See the full results of the study here.

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