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Annual survey finds that fewer Americans view the Bible as sacred

April 11, 2014

An annual survey conducted by the Barna Group and the American Bible Society has found that increasing numbers of Americans view the Bible as “just another book.”

19% of survey respondents described the Bible as “just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice”-- up from 10% in 2011.

On the other hand, 79% believe that the Bible is sacred-- down from 86% in 2011-- and 56% believe that it is the “actual or inspired Word of God, without errors.”

19% of survey respondents “read the Bible at least four times a week and believe it is the actual or inspired Word of God.” 37% read the Bible at least once a week.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 13, 2014 8:04 PM ET USA

    I wonder if Catholics who attend weekly or more frequent Mass remembered to include that they read Holy Scripture at each Mass.