Support the Café
Search our site

The rise of “Bible skeptics”

The rise of “Bible skeptics”

“The American Bible Society’s latest State of the Bible survey documents steep skepticism that the Good Book is a God book,” writes Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service. She quotes Roy Peterson, president of the society, who cites “incredible change in just a few years’ time.

Among the findings:

The most “engaged” readers — who read the Bible almost daily and see it as sacred — are now matched by “skeptics” who say it’s just a book of stories and advice. Both groups measured 19 percent.

While the engaged stayed steady since 2011, skeptics grew by 10 percentage points — since the same survey was conducted in 2011.

What do you think accounts for these findings? I am tempted to say that the Bible is such a rich and complex document, and that approaches to reading it are frequently so simplistic (“It is literally true.” “It is totally false.”) that there are bound to be extreme reactions when people actually begin to study the text and try to make sense of it.

The article also includes some speculation by Peterson about “adjusting our outreach” to reach Millennials. I am considering opening a consulting practice for religious leaders trying to reach millennials that will give one, and only one, piece of advice: Don’t speak until you’ve spoke to them. I should probably get the fees up front, huh

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Maplewood

I think it is dissed because, for some people, it is hip to diss it. I don’t think a lot of people who diss it have every opened it, let alone think about it. Are there some serious critics? Sure. But a lot? Nah. …Just my take…

Kevin McGrane

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_012
2020_013_B
2020_013_A

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café