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The Book is Better …

The Book is Better …

As part of a larger demographic analysis of current American reading habits, Barna got stats on who's reading—and finishing—the Bible. Here's a quick breakdown:

20%
of all adults have read the Bible from start to finish

61%
of practicing Christians have read the Bible from start to finish

18%
of people who claim a faith other than Christianity have read the Bible from start to finish

9%
of those with no faith have read the Bible from start to finish

Of those who have read the Bible for start to finish:

14% Mosaic

29% Buster

16% Elder

41% Boomer

Religion Losing Influence, But Americans Desire a Comeback

A particular Gallup poll has tracked American views of religion since the Eisenhower administration. This year's numbers indicate that 77 percent of Americans believe that religion is losing its influence in American life. This number is eerily close to their 1970 poll, in which 75 percent of respondents (then in another unpopular war and a cultural and sexual revolution) indicated ...

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