New Study: Bible Trends in America
The Barna Group released a new study yesterday revealing what influence the Bible takes in our country today. The study, titled, The Bible In America: 6 - Year Trends, reveals that Bible reading has fallen over the last six years, especially among young adults. The study also suggests there is a rising under current of skepticism in America and as believers we must advocate for the authority of the best selling book of all time at over 5 billion copies sold and is the earth's most read book.
The rise of digital tools, apps, online growth and Bible websites has made access to the Scriptures more widespread than perhaps ever before, but Bible access or ownership doesn't mean that it's always being read or understood as the infalliable Word of God.
33% of adults tell the Barna Group they read the Bible at least once a week. This statistics is highest among Elders, who made up 49%, lowest among Millenials at 24% saying they read the Bible at least once a week, according to the study with a sample size of over 14,000 people interviewed since 2011.
President of Barna, David Kinnaman said this in response to the study,
"Even in just the few years Barna has been conducting 'State of the Bible' interviews, the data is trending toward Bible skepticism."
Kinnaman continued, "Thankfully, the data is not all bad news. In fact, our researchers continue to find bright spots that demonstrate the Bible's cultural staying power and persistent hold on people's hearts...we must take full advantage to advocate today for the Bible in our skeptical, self-centered, highly connected world."