Why they keep getting it wrong
May 23, 2005
- Perhaps 15 percent of Americans participate in Bible studies.
- The number of people who read the Bible, at least occasionally, is 59 percent.
- Less than 50 percent of Americans can name the first book of the Bible (Genesis).
- Only 1/3 of Americans know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount (more people identified Billy Graham rather than Jesus).
- Twenty-five percent of Americans don't know what is celebrated on Easter (the Resurrection of Christ, the foundational event of Christianity).
- Twelve percent of Christians think that Noah's wife is Joan of Arc.
- Eighty percent of born-again Christians (including George W. Bush) think it is the Bible that says 'God helps them that help themselves.' (Actually it was said by Benjamin Franklin.)