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America's Most Bible-Minded Cities

How do Americans in America's largest cities view the Bible? The Barna Group, a research company focused on the intersection of faith and culture, has conducted a study to find out.

Researchers defined Bible-minded as "individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches."

So how does your city rank?

The Bible Belt still lives up to its name. The South is the most Bible-minded region in the country. Knoxville, Tenn., comes in first, followed by Shreveport, La., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, comes in at 52nd and is among the most Bible-minded cities along the eastern seaboard. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., comes in 63rd.

Where are the least Bible-minded cities? New England - Boston, Burlington, Vt., and Albany, N.Y., are all in the bottom 10.  Providence, R.I., comes in last.

As a rule, the survey found America's most populous cities are the least Bible-minded.

The results are based on nearly 43,000 interviews conducted nationwide. It's part of a larger project the Barna Group is working on called Barna: Cities.

Researchers are compiling gobs of data to paint a clear picture about the "state of faith" of the people living in America's cities.

Where does your city rank?

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Comments on this post

# RE: America's Most Bible-Minded Cities

I don't have time to study? I don't under! What is your excuse, or are you among the few the do study? I have an email where I help people study, you can write me and I will answer questions with the King James Bible. The only thing left for Believers, is to draw close to Jesus in Prayer and Study. To the non-believer it's to accept Jesus by the Truth in the Bible. Time is short, it's 2000 years shorter than when Jesus went to the Cross, how long do you have? I'm 71 and believe that I will see Jesus come in the Clouds. Look up, He's coming again.
Left by big ed on Feb 01, 2013 8:07 PM

# RE: America's Most Bible-Minded Cities

What can we infer from the Barna results? Do the respondents in the survey practice what they read in the Bible? If so, how? What does a "state of faith" mean in terms of Christian ethics?

I have observed over almost 70 years of life that people understand the Bible and its teachings in many different ways, and apply it in different ways. Same book, different interpretations, hence hundreds of denominations. Many differences even among those who claim a "literal" understanding, whioh is invariably selective and inconsistent.

Our country would be a far different place if people, including those in the "Bible-minded cities," practiced Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. Unfortunately, the evidence is strong that social and political views are grounded more in secular than in spiritual habits of mind and heart. A veneer of "conservative" religiosity and piety may cover the visible differences, but a close look under the veneer reveals secular, non-Biblical biases.
Left by vetanalyst on Feb 02, 2013 10:04 AM