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A New Era of Bible Reading
The number of casual Bible readers has dropped 20 percent in one generation. Projections for the future are even worse. The good news is, we can reverse these trends and craft a new future for the Bible.
Bible Reading Is In Trouble
The Bible. We believe in it. We revere it. We just don't read it. It isn't because we're lazy, or because we don't care. And it isn't because there aren't enough Bibles—the average American household owns four.1
Studies show that in one generation, the number of occasional Bible readers fell by 20 percent2—the equivalent of about 700 people per day. If this trend continues, by 2040 two-thirds of Americans will have no meaningful connection with the Bible.3
The Institute for Bible Reading was formed to address this growing problem. We are an activist think-tank that is challenging the paradigms of what it means to read the Bible well and then giving people the resources they need to restore their relationship with God's Word. The negative Bible trend can be reversed, but first we need to rethink what it means to read—really read—the Bible. It doesn't have to be as challenging as we've made it. There is a better way.
Sources (Statistics are for the US): (1) "State of the Bible 2015" American Bible Society, Barna Group; (2) “Six in Ten Americans Read the Bible At Least Occasionally,” Gallup; (3)"Why?" The Center for Bible Engagement
"No book has had a greater impact on history. No book has sold more copies—or sat unread on more shelves. The Institute is committed to getting the Bible read, and understood, a worthy goal that just might start the spiritual renewal this world needs."
-Philip Yancey, Author, Board of Advisors for the Institute for Bible Reading
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