American Bible Society

State of the Bible 2015

State of the Bible 2015

Americans almost unanimously (98 percent) support the belief that all people should have the freedom to own and read a Bible, reports the fifth annual State of the Bible survey. Yet when asked about Bible access abroad, Americans seemingly missed the mark: just one out of every five people recognized the need for Bible translation. Although Americans themselves can easily access the Bible, many people around the world are still waiting for God’s Word to be translated into their heart language.

By surveying more than 2,000 people, the State of the Bible report uncovered several key findings about the assumptions and behaviors that guide these beliefs:

  • The overwhelming majority of Americans (72 percent) are unaware that certain languages do not have a Bible translation
  • In reality, the Bible has yet to be translated into an astonishing 57 percent of first languages worldwide
  • Americans, on the other hand, have extensive access to the Bible: 88 percent of households own at least one copy, with most owning multiple copies (average: 4.4)
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