Why they keep getting it wrong

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"There's not much point in having a literal interpretation of a book you haven't read," writes Avedon citing these statistics:


  • 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.)
(The Sideshow)

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