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Trends in Bible Engagement

John F. Plake explains results from American Bible Society’s “State of the Bible 2019” report

Sixty-three percent of U.S. adults “agree somewhat or strongly that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life,” with 38 percent “strongly” agreeing. That seems like a good thing, right? Unfortunately, the “data shows a continuing downward trend from the previous year (42 percent who agree strongly) and the all-time high of 53 percent in 2011.”

For the past decade, American Bible Society, in conjunction with Barna Group, has released an annual State of the Bible report, surveying what Americans believe about, and how they use, the Bible. In this episode of the Influence Podcast, George P. Wood talks with John F. Plake, Ph.D., about Bible engagement trends, based on the 2019 report.

Wood is executive editor of Influence magazine, and your host. Plake is senior manager of Ministry Intelligence for the U.S. Ministry section of American Bible Society, as well as an ordained Assemblies of God minister. Founded in 1816, the mission of ABS is “making the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message.”

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