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Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics

(UPDATED) No more 'Bible antagonists,' among many findings in this year's ABS/Barna 'State of the Bible' report.
Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics
American Bible Society - Barna Group

Update (Apr. 10): After releasing their 2014 report, ABS and Barna decided to soften the language used to describe Americans who are least engaged with the Bible.

The groups have "renamed the category formerly known as 'Bible Antagonists' as 'Bible Skeptics,' ...

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The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is

NIV vs. KJV: Surveys and searches suggest the translation that most Americans are reading is actually not the bookstore bestseller.
The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is
Paul Keller/Flickr

When Americans reach for their Bibles, more than half of them pick up a King James Version (KJV), according to a new study advised by respected historian Mark Noll.

The 55 percent who read the KJV easily outnumber the 19 percent who read the New International Version (NIV). ...

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What To Give Up for Lent 2014? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

(UPDATED) Barna breaks down which Americans are celebrating this year, while Stephen Smith tracks what 100,000+ Twitter users are pledging in real-time.
What To Give Up for Lent 2014? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

[Updated with Ash Wednesday results and new Barna Group survey]

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. If you haven't yet decided what to forego, consider what 116,000 tweets (and counting) suggest others are giving up in 2014.

So far, food ...

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How the World's Top 10 Countries Search the Bible Differently

Are pastors preaching Paul too much and Old Testament too little? Leading Bible website analyzes top verses searched by millions worldwide.
How the World's Top 10 Countries Search the Bible Differently
Bible Gateway - GMI

Which Bible verses are searched for most often in the world's 10 most populous countries? Psalm 23, Genesis 1, and 1 Corinthians 13, according to the world's leading Bible website.

Yet China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, ...

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Sign of the Ice Dancing Cross: Good News for Missionaries at Sochi Olympics

Russians returning in droves to Christianity (though not to church), according to new Pew research.
Sign of the Ice Dancing Cross: Good News for Missionaries at Sochi Olympics
Kremlin

Russian ice dancer Elena Ilinykh publicly crossed herself after her performance of "Swan Lake" with partner Nikita Katsalapov won the bronze medal. Two days earlier, Russian athlete Elena Nikitina publicly crossed herself before winning the bronze medal in the skeleton ...

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Let This Be Your Last Single Valentine's: Move to Colorado Springs, Facebook Says

Social network identifies America's top five cities for forming relationships.
Let This Be Your Last Single Valentine's: Move to Colorado Springs, Facebook Says
Courtesy of Facebook

Which U.S. city offers singles the best chance at forming a relationship? According to Facebook: Colorado Springs.

While the social network's latest research may not prove useful until next Valentines Day, this week Facebook examined what its vast pool of user data ...

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U.S. Abortions Fall to Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade

Do latest numbers signal success for pro-life movement and surge of state restrictions?
U.S. Abortions Fall to Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade
Courtesy of Guttmacher Institute

Add one more striking statistic to the debate over the pro-life movement's impact on America after four decades of advocacy.

With abortion clinics closing at record rates as abortions hit near-record lows and state restrictions hit near-record highs, a respected report ...

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More Bible Stats: Top 100 Searching Cities Look Very Different from Top 100 Believing Cities

D.C. and Honolulu surge most when Bible Gateway compares its data to American Bible Society's list of the most 'Bible-minded' cities in America.
More Bible Stats: Top 100 Searching Cities Look Very Different from Top 100 Believing Cities
Courtesy of Bible Gateway

Building upon recent research on how 100 American cities "rank and tank" at embracing the Bible, Bible Gateway has crunched last year's search data and produced its own list of the 100 most "Bible-minded" cities in the United States.

However, this ...

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How 100 Cities 'Rank and Tank' at Embracing the Bible (Colorado Springs? No. 56)

(UPDATED) Christian college towns do well, as Barna and American Bible Society identify 'Bible-minded' cities for second time.
How 100 Cities 'Rank and Tank' at Embracing the Bible (Colorado Springs? No. 56)
Courtesy of Flickr

Update: One theory as to why certain cities "embrace the Bible" more than others: 19 of the top 20 most "Bible-minded" cities host sizable Christian colleges. (List added below.)

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For the second time, the American Bible Society (ABS) has partnered ...

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Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013

On Bible Gateway's list, drawn from 242 countries and territories, only one verse matches YouVersion's list of top verses shared.
Cheer Up, John 3:16: The World's Top 10 Bible Verse Searches of 2013
Bob B. Brown/Flickr

John 3:16 may not be among the top Bible verses people are sharing with others worldwide. But it does top the list of Bible verses people from 242 countries and territories are seeking out.

Bible Gateway reports visitors spent more than 76 million hours on BibleGateway.com ...

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Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide

(UPDATED) An update on the groundbreaking global quantification of religious freedom by the Pew Research Center.
Pew: Religious Hostility Reaches Six-Year High Worldwide
Christianity Today

Social hostilities involving religion soared worldwide in 2012, with nearly 3 out of 4 of the world's people (74%) living in countries with high levels. The surge is stark, given that in 2011 only half of the global population (52%) lived in such countries, while the ...

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The Top Law Schools for Devout Christians

National Jurist offers new ranking on behalf of Protestant and Catholic students, as well as Mormons, Jews, and Muslims.
The Top Law Schools for Devout Christians
Courtesy of Tulane Public Relations/Flickr

Add one more variable to the rankings of top law schools: Does the school leave religious students feeling "soul-less"?

The National Jurist, a magazine which describes itself as "the voice of legal education," explored this question in attempting to identify ...

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Aiming for 'Effective Anger': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Hardest To Be a Christian

(UPDATED) Christian martyrdoms doubled in 2013, reports World Watch List in revealing its methodology for the first time.
Aiming for 'Effective Anger': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Hardest To Be a Christian
Courtesy of Open Doors

Update (Jan. 14): Today the Pew Research Center updated its groundbreaking research on religious freedom worldwide. CT offers two charts examining how the World Watch List compares with Pew's findings.

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Twice as many Christians were killed for their faith in ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Kirsten Powers's conversion, Andy Stanley on President Obama, child sponsorships, the war over Christian beards, and more.
The Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Today Articles of 2013

Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2013? Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:

20) New Life After the Fall of Ted HaggardHow the megachurch healed—by remembering what it means to be the local church. 19) Q&A: Billy Graham's ...

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The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

Did you catch all of CT's most popular religion news items this year?
The Top 20 Most-Read Gleanings of 2013

What do Bono, Jon Acuff, and the "wrath of God" have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2013.

Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:

20) 'Duck Dynasty' Star's Suspension over Remarks on Gays Sends Fans ...

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