Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/4/2013 (7 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

22 percent of all Americans believe 'every word' in the Bible

It's estimated that 88 percent of all homes in the United States has a Bible. While more people turn to the Internet for reading, many cell phones and iPads are now giving Americans their weekly inspiration. It seems that God remains foremost with many Americans, and that's being reflected in their Internet habits.

In the survey of 2,083 respondents, the most read and searched version of the Bible was the King James Version. Thirty-eight percent preferred that over the New King James version, which just 14 percent prefer.

In the survey of 2,083 respondents, the most read and searched version of the Bible was the King James Version. Thirty-eight percent preferred that over the New King James version, which just 14 percent prefer.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/4/2013 (7 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Bible, Internet, iPads, poll, literally, faith, Holy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to a new survey of Bible use conducted by the American Bible Society, 41 percent of Americans now use the Internet to read the good book on a computer. Some 29 percent of poll respondents said they searched Bible verses on a cell phone. Seventeen percent said they read an electronic version of the Bible on a Kindle or iPad.

This reflects the trend found in news publications, whose content is now being increasingly read online. 

"The data shows a continual shift to digital content. The number of Bible readers who use their smart phone or cell phone to search for Bible content has increased each year, with a six percent increase in the use of this format from 2012," the Society said.

"Use of internet to find Bible content has also increased, up four percent from 2011," they added.

In the survey of 2,083 respondents, the most read and searched version of the Bible was the King James Version. Thirty-eight percent preferred that over the New King James version, which just 14 percent prefer.

Americans also declared that the Bible is king over the Koran, with 80 percent calling the Bible sacred, with just eight percent citing the Koran. That was followed by the Torah, at four percent, and Book of Mormon at three percent.

The most read book in the world is also having a bigger influence in American politics. More than two-thirds, or 69 percent, said their personal faith has at least a little influence in political issues.

Among other remarkable findings found in the survey:

-- 77 percent believe that morality in America is on the decline, with a third blaming the lack of bible reading.

-- 66 percent believing teaching the Bible in public schools is important.

-- 54 percent of adults agreed with the statement, "The Bible and politics do not mix."

-- 22 percent of adults believe the Bible should be taken literally, word for word.

---


Pope Francis calls for your 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women:
That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.



Comments


More Living Faith

Pope Francis distributes Bibles, asks Catholics to perform acts of charity

Image of Bibles were handed out to all visitors regardless of their religious affiliation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has given out tens of thousands of Bibles to people that he hopes they will keep and use daily. The gifts were distributed in St. Peter's Square following Mass. The gifts came with one string attached however, Pope Francis asked all people to perform an ... continue reading


Seminary is not for those who do not wish to 'get on with life,' Pope admonishes Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In addressing the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, the Pope did not mince words. Pope Francis was forthright in saying that the seminary is not a refuge for those who have "psychological problems" or lack the courage "to get on in life." LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Pope Francis apologizes for abuse scandal, says Church deserves to pay Watch

Image of Pope Francis embraces a child in St. Peter's Square.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has made his strongest statement yet about the scandal of child abuse in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis made clear that victims of abuse deserved an apology as well as compensation for what they have suffered.  He reaffirmed that the Church will be ... continue reading


Pope Francis makes special plea, but is asking us - Are you listening? Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis continues to call for aid to the poor as the holiday season ends. The Holy Father has set a goal to eradicate global hunger by distributing food more equitably around the world and he has called on all faithful Catholics to help. It's a call that can't be ... continue reading


'The Devil is here, even in the 21st century,' Pope Francis warns Watch

Image of Life is a constant battle against evil due to the presence of the devil, Pope Francis said, admitting that even he

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The devil is very much alive in the 21st Century, Pope Francis warns, and he often takes the form of gossip. The pope confessed that he himself was tempted to gossip, and the faithful need to stay on their toes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Speaking in the ... continue reading


The Protest Against Evil and the Rise of Atheism: Is Evil Really the Problem?

Image of Adam and Eve deny their creatureliness in the Edenic Paradise, desiring to be as gods without God, and thus commit original sin.

By Deacon F. K. Bartels

It sounds very nice, a world devoid of suffering and every type of evil. However, there are some problems with such an idea, at least for now, given the present situation. What would it mean for us if there were no potential for evil? Atheists often reject God in ... continue reading


How I Read Myself Into the Church Watch

Image of

By Deal W. Hudson

It's said that people don't read much anymore, that we live in a multimedia age, and that the act of reading is on the wane. These prognostications have already been proven false. Nothing can replace reading a book as the most intimate medium of enjoyment and ... continue reading


Pope Francis calls for greater effort to combat human trafficking, highlights Church responsibility Watch

Image of Human trafficking is a profound world problem, but the Church is uniquely situated to help.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis continues to tackle the problem of human trafficking meeting four victims as well a group of Church sisters and law enforcement leaders in a renewed effort to work together to end human trafficking. VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis met ... continue reading


Every person should have a Bible. Can you help those that don't?

Image of The Bible is the single greatest inspirational book ever written. No person should be deprived of its hope.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are hundreds of thousands of people, possibly millions, who want a Bible and cannot have one. The Bible is the world's most sought-after, most printed book. Bibles are in so much demand that we have them in hotel rooms, prison cells, and on virtually every book ... continue reading


Pope Francis beseeches world to not forget the elderly and dying Watch

Image of Pope Francis said he sensed he had a duty to answer the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has urged young people not to neglect the elderly who are dying "because no one cares for them." Meeting with five young Catholics from Belgium, he said that the young today sometimes forget that their elders are pushed away from view, where they die ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 50:4-9
4 Lord Yahweh has given me a disciple's tongue, for ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
8 I am estranged from my brothers, alienated from my ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 26:14-25
14 Then one of the Twelve, the man called Judas ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 16th, 2014 Image

St. Bernadette
April 16: On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter