Are You Living in a "Bible-Minded City?"
Ever wonder what makes a city bible-minded? According to an annual list put together by the American Bible Society (ABS) and the Barna Group (a Christian-based polling outfit), a Bible-minded city is made up of "Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be Bible-minded."
The list of the most, and the least, bible-minded cities, is based on interviews with over 60,000 people from across the country.
So, which cities topped the list & which cities bottomed out and remain biblically-challenged?
According to a story posted at the Barna Group's website, while "Hollywood has been betting big money that America still loves the Bible. From Noah to Exodus to the forthcoming Last Days in the Desert, a fictional look at Jesus' temptation in the desert, Scripture has returned to the screen.
"But what is America's relationship with the Bible? In the annual 'Bible-Minded' cities report, Barna Group explores how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. The study, based on interviews with 62,896 adults over a 10-year period, shows how people in the nation's 100 largest media markets view and use the Bible."
Most of the top spots are held by cities in the South -- Birmingham, AL, tops the list "with 51% of its population qualifying as Bible-minded" -- while most of the most biblically-challenged cities are in the North -- Providence, RI/New Bedford, MASS were the least bible-minded, registering a scanty 9%.