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What is a Bible-minded city?

What is a Bible-minded city?

The American Bible Society and the Barna Group, the conservative Christian research organization, have teamed up to survey how folks in the US feel about the Christian Scriptures in 2016. This is an annual survey the two organizations have undertaken for the last 10 years. They are based on interviews of over 65k people in the various media markets across the US. What makes a city a Bible-minded city? Cities with folks meeting the following criteria;

Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded. This definition captures action and attitude—those who both engage and esteem the Christian scriptures. The rankings thus reflect an overall openness or resistance to the Bible in various U.S. cities.

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The chart below shows the rankings of the cities/regions represented in the compilation of the survey. The top 10 and the bottom 10 cities are interesting. I find it strange that Salt Lake City falls so low in the rankings! I thought the Mormons held the study of the Bible in pretty high esteem. Where does your city rank?

The Barna Group will also sell the demographic breakdown of the faith profile for any of the surveyed markets.

Both graphics are from the Barna Group website story of the survey.


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William Bockstael

A Bible-minded city…

A place where eating seafood and pork is banned, where slavery is legal, where a brother is forced to marry his deceased brother’s wife, and where they build a special place in downtown for public stoning ?

John Klopacz

A Bible-minded city …

A place where good news is brought to the poor, the oppressed go free, the alien is regarded as the citizen, the workers receive the wages owed them, the sick and imprisoned are visited, debts are forgiven, and daily bread is shared.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Paul Powers

Concern for the poor and oppressed, etc. is also reflected in the Hebrew Scriptures. It didn’t start with Jesus’ human ministry.

JC Fisher

Sounds more like a Christ-minded city to me! 🙂

Prof. Christopher Seitz

My gosh. This kind of bizarre exaggeration is congenial at the Café without any let or hindrance.

MaryLou Scherer

Are suggestion that those precepts from the Bible are exaggerated?…my, oh my !!

Selective literalism anybody ?

Margaret Ellsworth

I wish Barna had posted the wording of the questions, as they sometimes do for these surveys. If you ask a question in evangelical language (“accuracy” of biblical “principles”) to people who talk about their Bible reading habits in totally different words (like a Mormon might describe it as “scripture study” instead, even though they’re often using the exact same Bible) you’re sure to miss plenty of people.

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