- - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Do you live in a “Bible-Minded” city?

The Barna Group, an evangelical Christian polling firm, released the results of a recent study that reveals “how people in the nation’s 100 largest media markets view and use the Bible.”

Barna collected large amounts of data — 62,896 adults over a 10-year period — to determine the level of engagement people have with the Bible:

“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 cities of the nation.”

The Top Bible-Minded Cities in 2015 are mostly in the South. Indeed, all of the top 10 come from the “Bible Belt.” Alabama now has the most amount of cities, claiming the top spot from Tennessee.

Which city is the most Bible-minded? Birmingham, Alabama (51 percent Bible-minded).

The least Bible-minded (the cities ranking 91-100) are mostly in the Northeast and the West.

Can you guess what the very least Bible-minded city in 2015 is? It is Providence, Rhode Island (9 percent). That is rather ironic, given that the city was founded by Roger Williams, one of the earliest proponents of religious freedom in the original Colonies. Williams began Providence as a refuge for religious minorities within the colonies, and he started the first Baptist church in North America there.

So how did your city (or region) rank? How do you stack up against the rank of your fellow-citizens? Are you more or less Bible-minded? Do you read the Bible at least once a week? Do you believe it is a God-given revelation?

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