This month’s The Writer Magazine’s short piece about a poll result indicating that “The United States is not a reading nation” (p.9) is not surprising. But one particular detail, if not necessarily surprising, is certainly striking and thought-provoking.
In the poll conducted by Associated Press/Ipsos, it was found that over the past year, “Churchgoers read half as much as non-churchgoers did”.
Disappointing – that’s the word I was looking for. Utterly disappointing. But at least I understand why so few churchgoers have ever read an academic book about the Bible or some other aspect of their faith. They simply aren’t reading.
But what is the root cause of this fact, I wonder? I cannot figure it out.