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Facts and figures

92  Percent of Americans own at least one Bible.

59  Percent of Americans read the Bible at least occasionally, down from 73 percent in the 1980s.

15  Percent of Americans participate in a Bible study.

50  Percent of Americans can name the first book of the Bible (Genesis).

33  Percent of Americans know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Jesus — not Billy Graham, as many answered).

25  Percent of Americans don't know what is celebrated at Easter.

60  Percent of Americans can't name five of the Ten Commandments.

12  Percent of Christians think Noah's wife was Joan of Arc.

80  Percent of "born-again Christians" believe the Bible says, "God helps them that help themselves" (it doesnt — Ben Franklin did).


SOURCE: RELIGION NEWS SERVICE; THE GALLUP ORGANIZATION; BARNA RESEARCH GROUP.





















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