The Title of ‘Least Bible-Minded City in America’ Goes To…

The Barna Group defines people as “Bible-minded” if they 1) say they read the Bible in a typical week and 2) if they believe the Bible is “accurate in the principles it teaches.”

Which leads to their list of the most and least Bible-minded cities:

Knoxville, Tennessee (my one-time home) ranks #1 with 52% of the residents claiming to be “Bible-minded” while the honor of being the least Bible-minded goes to Providence, Rhode Island (9%). Not surprisingly, the South has claim to the most Bible-minded people while the Northeast wins again:

David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, suggested several implications of the Bible-minded research.

Second, although there are outliers — cities in which the Bible-minded rankings are significantly above- or below-average — the overall picture that is painted depends on one’s vantage point. The least sanguine way to analyze the results would be to emphasize the lack of Bible-mindedness in America; in 91 out of 96 markets a majority of the residents are not Bible minded.

Five markets to go, everyone. Keep working hard.

(via Christian Nightmares)

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