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The Bible Still Matters in America

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After all the very visible fighting about public displays of religious  symbols— from 10 Commandments plaques to graveyard crosses to faith-themed war  memorials to holiday manger displays—you might have developed the impression  that most Americans don’t think the Bible matters today and they like it that  way.

You’d be wrong.

There is a lot of speculation about both the current role and the appropriate  role of the Bible in America. But each year, American Bible Society puts the  guessing aside and asks a sampling of Americans to tell us how they view and use  the Bible and what they believe its role should be in America.  Recently,  American Bible Society released this year’s results from that research in the  2012 State of the Bible report.

The State of the Bible in America in 2012 can be summed up in a two words:  encouraging and unsettling.

The research, commissioned by American Bible Society and conducted by Barna  Research, found that the majority of Americans (69%) believe the Bible provides  answers on how to live a meaningful life. But while 79% believe they are  knowledgeable about the Bible, 54% were unable to correctly identify the first  five books of the Bible.  And approximately half of Americans surveyed  didn’t know the fundamental differences between the teachings of the Bible,  Koran and Book of Mormon, with 46% percent saying they believe all three books  teach the same spiritual truths.

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