The Bible Gained Six Million New 'Antagonists' Last Year (Infographic)

This year's State of the Bible report finds a 'significant disconnect' and a shrinking middle ground.

Americans' actions may not be aligned with their beliefs when it comes to the best-selling book of all time, according to a new report from the American Bible Society (ABS).

The group's 2013 State of the Bible report (infographic below), which bases its conclusions on an annual survey conducted by Barna Group, finds a "significant disconnect in belief versus behavior."

More than 3 in 4 Americans say the country is in a state of moral decline–and almost 1 in 3 attribute the cause to a "lack of Bible reading" (narrowly beating out "negative influence of media").

But that doesn't mean Americans are willing to read the Bible themselves. Although 66 percent of survey respondents agreed that "the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life," the majority (58 percent) said they "don't personally want wisdom and advice from the Bible."

The report also found that "beliefs about the Bible and its role in society are becoming increasingly polarized—particularly when the ...

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