A new Barna survey for the American Bible Society shows 47% of adults in the U.S. believe the Bible has too little influence in society today; 16% believe it has too much influence.
However, about half the population also sees little difference between the Bible and other religious texts: 46% believe the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon are different expressions of the same spiritual truths.
The number of people who actually read the Bible has declined: 55% read the Bible to be closer to God, down from 64% in 2011.
Older people are more likely than younger adults to hold the Bible in high regard. Asked whether they believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know about living a meaningful life,
- 62% of seniors (over age 65) agreed
- 54% of boomers (age 47 to 65)
- 44% of busters (28 to 46)
- 34% of millennials (18 to 27)
Turns out 'one' is not the loneliest number, it's multiplying rapidly. And presenting new challenges to churches built on a 'family' model.
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