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Black Americans Are More Bible Engaged Than Others

Report suggests devout reading habits

Influence Magazine on May 15, 2018

Black Americans are more Bible engaged than whites or Hispanics, according to a recent report from Pew Research Center.

More than half of all black adults in the U.S. (54 percent) say they read the Bible or other holy book at least weekly outside of religious services. By comparison, 32 percent of whites and 38 percent of Hispanics do the same.

Among Christian groups, members of historically black Protestant congregations are about as likely as white evangelical Protestants to read the Bible at least weekly (61 percent and 63 percent, respectively).

More than two-thirds of black Americans say the Bible is the Word of God.

More than two-thirds of black Americans of all faiths (77 percent) say the Bible is the Word of God. Far fewer whites (57 percent) and Hispanics (65 percent) say this.

About 4 in 10 black respondents (39 percent) participate in Bible studies or prayer groups at least weekly, compared to 22 percent of whites and 27 percent of Hispanics.

Black respondents are also more likely than others to interpret the Bible literally. Just over half (51 percent) of black Americans favor a literal approach to Scripture, compared to 26 percent of whites and 38 percent of Hispanics.

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