Bible-reading habits in America are now showing a positive trend.
This news comes as a matter of great relief to Christian church leaders who were worked up by the rapid drop in Bible reading habits in America. This change may have any number of reasons. The main point, however, is that the Bible is once again a book of hope for an overwhelming number of Americans.
Here are the key findings of the research:
The number of engaged readers tanked in the year 2011, while the number of Bible skeptics showed a sharp increase. The percentage of engaged readers, however, has remained stable ever since, although it was forecasted that the downward trend would continue. This segment of engaged readers is still the dominant.
The research shows older people are more engaged in reading the Bible than millennials. The average age for engaged readers is 53, while the average age of skeptics is 43. Elders grew only five percent among skeptics and 12 percent among engaged Bible readers.
Women seem to be more religious than men. The research shows more women are engaged Bible readers compared to men. 60 percent women are Bible-friendly when compared to just 40 percent men. In contrast, only 41 percent of women are skeptics when compared to 59 percent of men.
91 percent Bible readers have indicated they still prefer using a printed version of the Bible. 92 percent have said they have used other formats in the past year. This indicates that although print versions are still the dominant way to read the Bible, alternate versions are also on a steady rise.
87 percent of homes have at least one Bible. This is a number that has stayed consistent since 2011. 82 percent of millennials are least likely to own a Bible.
A whopping 78 percent of the skeptics are hostile towards the Bible.
The number of people who engage with the Bible by reading, listening or praying has remained consistent at 50 percent.
More than half (58 percent) of Americans wished they could use the Bible more. This number has decreased from 61 percent in 2016.
56 percent of the people who have increased Bible reading habits say the Bible is an important part of their faith journey.