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Here’s How Often Half of U.S. Adults Read Their Bibles

More than twice as many respondents said coffee was a ‘daily necessity’ compared to those who said the same thing about the Bible, a report says. […] Read More

Facebook Leads the Way in Digital Evangelism Efforts

Facebook leads the way among social media outlets when it comes to evangelism on digital platforms, the Barna Group says. Almost nine out of 10 who witness online do so through personal posts. […] Read More

Politics Influences How You View, Work to End Poverty

A person’s political leaning influences their perspective on poverty and how they work to address poverty, according to a Barna Group report released on June 19. U.S. adults who self-identify as political liberals were nearly twice as likely as those identifying as political conservatives (37 percent to 19 percent) to be “extremely concerned about global […] Read More

Barna: Personal Evangelism Wanes Among U.S. Christians

The number of U.S. Christians who feel they have a personal responsibility to share their faith has declined over the past 25 years, according to a Barna Group report published on May 15. Those who affirm the statement, “every Christian has a responsibility to share their faith,” has declined 25 points, moving from 89 percent […] Read More

Practicing Christians More Likely to Work to End Poverty

Practicing Christians “outpace all U.S. adults in poverty action,” according to Barna Group data released on April 26. In every category surveyed for its “The Good News about Global Poverty” report, Barna found that Christians “who consider their faith important and attend church regularly” were significantly more likely to be involved in work to end […] Read More

Which U.S. Christians Are Least Familiar with Liturgy?

Evangelicals and non-mainline Protestants are the least familiar with liturgy among U.S. Christian traditions, according to a Barna Group report released on Feb. 13. Only 19 percent of self-identified evangelicals said they were very familiar with liturgy, just one percentage point above Protestant non-mainline respondents (18 percent). By comparison, 49 percent of Catholics and 37 […] Read More

Atheism Most Common Among U.S. Teens, Barna Says

Atheism is most common among Generation Z, while Christian affiliation is most common among Boomers and Elders, according to a Barna Group report released on Jan. 24. Thirteen percent of respondents in Generation Z (born 1999 to 2015) said they are atheists. By comparison, 7 percent of Millennials (born 1984 to 1998), 6 percent of […] Read More

Barna: Southern U.S. Cities Remain Most ‘Bible-Minded’

The most “Bible-minded” U.S. cities continue to be located in the south, according to research by the Barna Group sponsored by the American Bible Society. Barna defines “Bible-minded” as “those who report reading the Bible in the past week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.” The report analyzed […] Read More

3 Reasons You Didn’t Read This News on

Only 17 percent of practicing Christians hold a biblical worldview. This finding caught my attention when it was released as part of a recent Barna Group report on May 9. often publishes news briefs on surveys like this, so I read through it to consider whether to cover this report. Part of my role […] Read More

Bible Usage Highest Among Boomers, Gen-Xers

Boomers and Gen-Xers are the ones keeping the Bible’s place in U.S. life alive. This was a key finding in the American Bible Society’s 2017 State of the Bible report based on Barna Group survey data. Thirty-nine percent of Boomers (aged 52 to 70) and 34 percent of Gen-Xers (33 to 51) read the Bible […] Read More