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The Holy Bible & Biblical illiteracy

Over 100m copies of the Holy Bible are sold or given away every year. Annual Bible sales in America are worth between $425m and $650m; Gideon's International gives away a Bible every second. The Bible is available all or in part in 2,426 languages, covering 95% of the world's population.

Americans buy more than 20m new Bibles every year to add to the four that the average American has at home. Yet the state of American biblical knowledge is abysmal. A
Gallup survey found that less than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible (Genesis), only a third know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Billy Graham is a popular answer) and a quarter do not know what is celebrated at Easter (the resurrection, the foundational event of Christianity). Sixty per cent cannot name half the ten commandments; 12% think Noah was married to Joan of Arc. George Gallup, a leading Evangelical as well as a premier pollster, describes America as “a nation of biblical illiterates”.

- 'The battle of the books' ; The Economist

Comments

Audio Bible said…
Did you also know that 65% of Bible readers have never read the entire New Testament? And, 50% of teens believe Jesus may have committed sins! Most pastors tell us their congregations say they do not have time to read the Bible, but we say "You've Got the Time" to listen to the Bible. You and your readers can engage in God's Word through free audio Bible resources. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17)." Download your free Audio Bible at FaithComesByHearing.com.
Sandy said…
With all due respect to the Yankees..most Yanks seem to be oblivious to the world around them,places, people, days, events, even their own Presidents.Well..thanks to the Jay Leno show :)
(some people pointed out to India as being Afghanistan on the world map)..just one of the smaller gross mistakes of the American people)

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