A recent report on “The Bible in American Life” offers interesting insights into how, why and when Americans read the Bible outside of worship. The just-released study, dated March 6, 2014 is a project of The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indiana University (IUPUI), and seeks to provide the first large-scale investigation of the Bible in American life.
The purpose of the study is to understand better how Americans use the Bible in their personal daily lives and how other influences, including religious communities and the Internet, shape individuals’ use of scripture.
The project is driven by the recognition that, though the Bible has been central to Christian practice throughout American history, many important questions remain unanswered in scholarship, including how denominational and parachurch publications have influenced interpretation and application, and how clergy and congregations have influenced individual understandings of scripture.
These questions are even more pressing today, as denominations are losing much of their traditional authority, technology is changing people’s reading and cognitive habits, and subjective experience is continuing to eclipse textual authority as the mark of true religion.
Understanding both the past and the future of Christian communities in the United States depends, even if only in part, on a serious analysis of how these cultural shifts are affecting Americans’ relationship to the Bible.
The study discovered some interesting key facts.
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