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    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.

    2. 88% of American households own a Bible.

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

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

    5. The King James version is the most popular.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    See the full results of the study here.