The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cracking the book

Half (48 percent) of Americans read the Bible on their own, reports “The Bible in American Life,” a study from the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. More than half of those who read the Bible on their own do so at least weekly and 80 percent at least once a month. Thirty-one percent read the Bible on the Internet and 22 percent use electronic devices. The top three reasons respondents said they read Scripture outside of worship are personal prayer and devotion, followed by learning more about their religion, and guidance in decision-making and relationships.


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