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Millenials and the Bible

Millenials and the Bible

New study on Millennials and the Bible Tracks Scripture Engagement Trends.

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. But what does the next generation think of it?

A new study, Millennials and the Bible, conducted by the Barna Group shares how people from ages 18-30 perceive the Bible—from their reading habits to their general impressions of the book.

A few key findings from the study include:

  • Most millennials believe the Bible to be the actual (21 percent) or inspired (44 percent) word of God
  • The gap is widening between millennials who are engaged with the Bible (10 percent) and those who are considered Bible skeptics (25 percent).
  • Approximately one-third of millennials have positive feelings when they see someone reading the Bible in public.
  • Non-Christian millennials believe the Bible teaches forgiveness (70 percent), patience (62 percent), generosity (64 percent) and social justice (41 percent).

“The good news is that, while more millennials are turning skeptical toward the Bible, we still see them reaching out to God during times of difficulty and to feel closer to God. For Christian ministries like American Bible Society, this means there is still an opportunity to encourage more millennials to engage with the Bible and experience its life-changing message,” said Drew Hood, managing director of communications at American Bible Society.