2nd March 2009

“Americans buy more than 20 million new Bibles every year to add to the four that the average American has at home. Yet the state of American biblical knowledge is abysmal. A Gallup survey found that less than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible, only a third know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount and a quarter do not know what is celebrated at Easter.”

The Economist

4 Responses to “2nd March 2009”

  1. Tony Pro Says:

    I don’t believe ‘The Economist’ is using stats that are all that amazing. It is easy for me to buy the 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4. What is incredible is that that book is selling 20 million copies a year!!!
    Oh my God who isn’t there!!!
    I can only hope people are using them all to heat the house with.

  2. carronna Says:

    What amazes me is how many different interpretations there are. One of my favorite anti-theist arguments is why god didn’t just write the thing himself, or authorize the “official” version with appropriate commentaries. It sure would have avoided a lot of arguing over petty (and sometimes monumental) details. If he’s so omnipotent, why use fallible humans to do the dirty work?

  3. holysmokes Says:

    I wonder how many can recite the ten commandments? Many seem to think, “thou shal not lie” is one. It isn’t.

  4. Bob Says:

    This stat doesn’t surprise me. What would be interesting to know is what % of the 2 billion christians have actually read the bible. My guess is less than 1%.