The Bible encourages the repression of women, and it’s silent on war or slavery. At least, that’s what about 1 in 5 U.S. adults believe. They’re wrong, of course. The American Bible Society’s annual “State of the Bible” survey reveals that “the people of the book are not people of this book,” said Geof Morin, the society’s chief communications officer. “We know 88 percent of people say they have a Bible. They think: ‘I have a Bible. I have had one for a long time. I must know what’s in it.’ But people overestimate their knowledge.” Many showed fuzzy knowledge when it came to assessing what the Bible says on several critical social issues.
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