The number of people who regularly use the Bible — at least once a week — had held “fairly steady right up to COVID-19, and then COVID-19 has messed everyone up.”
(Emily McFarland Miller — RNS) People may be reading the news and “doomscrolling” through social media during the coronavirus pandemic.
But what they don’t appear to be reading is the Bible.
That’s according to the 10th annual State of the Bible survey released Wednesday (July 22) by the American Bible Society.
The number of American adults the American Bible Society considers “Scripture engaged” based on how frequently they read Scripture and its impact on their relationships and choices dropped significantly from 28% to 22.7% between January and June, according to additional data collected by the organization in June.
“What we saw between January and June was that 13 million people in America, who were previously really engaging meaningfully with Scripture, no longer were, and that was a serious drop-off,” said Plake.
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