The hope for an awakening in America may rest in the hands of its youth, which could be comforting, according to a new study by The American Bible Society and Barna research.
- Eighty-nine percent consider the Bible sacred or holy.
- Forty-one percent believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know about living a meaningful life.
- Forty-four percent believe it has too little influence on American society.
- Thirty-eight percent believe "inspired" is the best word to describe the Bible.
Those statistics reflect all teens surveyed—not just those who practice a form of Christianity.
Among practicing Protestant teens, the statistics soared:
- Eighty-eight percent believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know about living a meaningful life.
- Seventy-eight percent believe it has too little influence on American society.
- Sixty-five percent believe "inspired" is the best word to describe the Bible.
The survey also revealed 72 percent of all teens own a Bible, and 44 percent read the Bible at least four or five times a year.
By demographic, more African-American teens read the Bible (59 percent) than Hispanic teens (51 percent) or white teens (42 percent).
For those who read the Bible, 94 percent are impacted.
Jessilyn Justice @jessilynjustice is the director of online news for Charisma.
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