Top 10: What Christians Know of the Bible

Various polls and studies show that the Bible remains the most popular book of all time in the USA, with at least 93% of American households owning at least one copy of the ‘Good Book’. With this data you would expect, naturally, that Americans possess an excellent grasp of what is claimed, by Christians and Jews, to be God’s book. But would do the numbers tell us:

1. Less than 50% of adults can name a single gospel.

2. Less than 50% know the first book to be Genesis.

3. A 2000 study showed that 60% of evangelical Christians believed that Jesus was born in Jerusalem rather than Bethlehem.

4. More than 65% can’t name more than six of the ten commandments.

5. A 2004 survey of high school students found that 17 percent thought “the road to Damascus” was where Jesus was crucified.

6. More than 35% of college attending Christians could not put the following in order: Abraham, the Old Testament Prophets, death of Christ, and Pentecost.

7. More than 33% could not identify Matthew as a gospel from a list of New Testament names.

8. More than 20% think Moses was one of Jesus’ disciples.

9. More than 50% of High School seniors believed Sodom & Gomorrah were a married couple.

10. More than 35% believe that the Bible is the biography of Jesus.

When you contrast these stunning findings against the fact that a 2007 Rasmussen Poll found that more than 35% believe the Bible to be literally true, meaning that more than 100 million Americans believe that God created the universe in six days, then one can easily identify an astounding conundrum.

Let’s get serious for a minute, if Christians truly believe that God wrote a book shouldn’t they want to see what he had to say?


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The Greatest Story Never Read: Recovering Bible Literacy in the Church

CJ Werleman

Author ‘God Hates You. Hate Him Back’ (Making Sense of the Bible)

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8 responses to “Top 10: What Christians Know of the Bible

  1. How can so many people be so stupid – especially all the evangelical Christians who don’t even know where Jesus was born? They can’t even pay attention while singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem”??

  2. Do you have citations for the statistics? While on the surface the numbers mesh pretty well with my assumptions, I often find that those instances are the ones where I most need to force myself to double check primary sources.

  3. And, checking a bit further I see the update with the requested sources. Feel free to delete my post, as I slink back with embarrassment :)

  4. Hey CJ, you need to add social networking links so we can promote your articles easily :)

  5. This shit drives me crazy! I was winning Bible bowls against other Christian school kids in third grade. What the hell is wrong with evangelicals? Why do atheists know so much more about the Bible than they do? At least fundies fucking READ the damn book.

  6. Actually, it is important for Christian religions to keep their congregations ignorant of the Bible’s real contents. It’s the good book. It is inerrant. That’s all you need to know. The average Christian gets the same selected bits and pieces of the Bible fed to him or her over and over.

  7. I looked up one of your sources. You mix questions addressed to Christians with others addressed to a general population, then in the title and analysis you act as if all the questions were addressed exclusively to Christians. If Christianity is so wrong, why do skeptics feel such a need to misrepresent it every chance they get?

  8. ISIAIh 41 BRING forth your IDOLS did they PREACH to you see they can’t speak they can’t DO ANYTHING all they do is cause confusion. spalms 115 and spalms 135 thier IDOLS are FALSE cant speak can’t hear cant smell and those that make them shall become like them. Jeremiah 10 they nail their IDOL down like a scarecrow it can’t move can’…t speak can’t move must be carried these are nothing but the WORK of CON men.john 10 jesus christ sais his sheep hear his voice and another voice thy will not follow and if another person tries to preach to them they WILL FLEE from him. jeremiah 5 the priests bear rule on their own authority what will you do when your judged my word is not inside them. Now here is the kicker john 5 son of man voice goes back in time mathew 16 jesus christ claims to be the son of man.‎1 cor2 mind of CHRIST preached internally and john 16 sais the spirit of truth comes in the future. Ezekiel 13 lying prophets of ISRAEL my word is not inside them saying god sais god sais god sais wrote hoping mankind would CONFIRM their WORDS. all of this is EASILY verifiable.

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