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The Bible in American Life

Recently the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture announced it has published it Report on the Bible in American Life.  They asked the questions:

How do Americans use the Bible in their personal lives, and how do other influences, including religious communities and the internet, shape individuals’ comprehension of scripture? What is the Bible’s role outside of worship, in the lived religion of Americans, both now and in the past?

The report is now available to download and digest the significance of the Center’s findings, which cover a wide range of variables, including economics, education, race, politics, and cultural family practices.  According to the Center’s website, 2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and it is still one of the more popular versions of Bible.   The Center also revealed that  31% of those who read the Bible do so on the Internet and 22% use e-devices.  The entire study was made possible by an award from the Lilly Endowment, Inc..   

Along with the report, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture announces a Call for Papers for a Conference on this topic.  The conference will be August 6-9, 2014 in Indianapolis.  The deadline for receiving proposals is March 23, 2014.  See the website for more information.

Posted by Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

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