More Americans Turning to the Bible Than in Previous Years and Reporting a More Frequent Reading Habit

One in four USA adults report a more frequent Bible reading habit than did last year, according to American Bible Society’s (@americanbible) 11th annual State of the Bible report. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Latest Bible-Related Research] Over half of USA adults believe America would be worse off without the Bible, a 5% increase […] The post More Americans Turning to the Bible Than in Previous Years and Reporting a More Frequent Reading Habit appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.

One in four USA adults report a more frequent Bible reading habit than did last year, according to American Bible Society’s (@americanbible) 11th annual State of the Bible report. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Latest Bible-Related Research] Over half of USA adults believe America would be worse off without the Bible, a 5% increase since last year. 7 in 10 Americans regard Scripture as the Word of God, with half of Americans deeming the Bible to be without error. Over 181 million Americans opened a Bible in the past year, compared with 169 million adults in 2020). 1 in 6 USA adults (16%) read the Bible most days during the week, up from 12% in 2020. Nearly 2 in 3 Americans (63%) say their Bible usage is the same as last year. 1 in 4 USA adults report a more frequent Bible reading habit. 6 in 10 Americans still indicate they prefer print or paper Bibles. Those who are Scripture Engaged (interact with the Bible frequently or regularly and hold values and principles of Scripture central or influential to their life choices and relationships with God and others.) (27%) are about twice as likely to prefer reading the Bible on their smartphones or tablets as those who are Bible Disengaged (interact with the Bible infrequently, if at all, and Scripture has a minimal impact on their lives. Two thirds (66%) never read the Bible on their own, and three in ten (30%) read it only once or twice a year. As a group, Bible Disengaged people rarely seek out the Bible, tending to encounter it through others, rather than by choice). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, 68% of American Adults Are Now ‘Bible Curious’] For the fourth straight year, there have been declines in the overall number of Bible Disengaged individuals. Ninety-five million Americans now are “test-driving the Bible,” looking for hope and wisdom. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The 4 Main Themes People Engaged With the Bible in 2020 on Bible Gateway] While dealing with the stress of COVID-19, Americans found comfort in relationships (53%), activities (52%), substances (46%), and spirituality (44%). Women are more likely to engage with specific sources of comfort, particularly relational and spiritual sources. The Bible ranks seventh overall at 23%. [Download the Bible Gateway App and the Bible Gateway Bible Audio App] Sign up to get the Know the Bible free email lesson series from Bible Gateway. Black Americans, regardless of their age, select “prayer and/or meditation” as their top comfort and “reading the Bible” as one of their top three comforts, unlike any other group—reflecting the longstanding tradition of Scripture engagement in the Black church. White Americans choose prayer and/or meditation as one of their top three comforts. The findings come from a survey conducted in January 2021, in which data were gathered from 3,354 online interviews with American adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an additional 91 responses from Gen Z youth. The sampling error for a sample of this size is +/− 1.692% at the 95% confidence level, considering a USA population of 330,036,210 adults, as estimated by the US Census Bureau on January 1, 2021. Sign up for our Verse of the Day to receive a daily Bible verse in four well-known translations. By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bible Gateway, a division of The Zondervan Corporation, 3900 Sparks Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 USA, including commercial communications and messages from partners of Bible Gateway. You may unsubscribe from Bible Gateway’s emails at any time. If you have any questions, please review our Privacy Policy or email us at privacy@biblegateway.com. 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