The statistics are sobering, and they point to a significant change in just a few years time — the number of people considered skeptics of the Bible who say it’s just a book of stories and advice is rising.
In findings from the recently released State of the Bible survey, conducted annually by Barna, the percentage of people who view the Bible as sacred dropped to 79 percent, down 7 percentage points since 2011.
Millennials, those ages 18–29, lead in the count of skeptics, with just 35 percent believing the Bible offers “everything a person needs to know to lead a meaningful life.”
The study is based on 2,036 interviews with U.S. adults in January and February.
For the full story, see the April 24 issue of The Alabama Baptist.