Skip to comments.U.S. among most Bible-literate nations: poll
Posted on 04/30/2008 5:58:37 AM PDT by NYer
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Americans are among the world's most 'Bible-literate' people and Spaniards, French and Italians are among the most ignorant about what the "good book" says, according to a new study released on Monday.
A poll carried out in nine countries -- the United States, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Spain and Poland -- also showed Americans were most willing to donate money to spread the message of the Bible.
The poll for the Catholic Biblical Federation interviewed Christians and non-Christians ahead of a synod of Roman Catholic Bishops on the Bible due to be held at the Vatican in October.
Most respondents in the poll, which was presented at the Vatican, were Christian. Except for in the United States, Britain and Russia, most of the Christians respondents were Catholic.
Asked if they had read a phrase from the Bible in the past 12 months, 75 percents of American respondents said yes, while between 20 percent and 38 percent of respondents in the other eight countries said yes.
The lowest were Spain with 20 percent, France with 21 percent, Italy with 27 percent, and Germany with 28 percent.
Results were similar when respondents were asked if they had read a book with a religious theme in the past 12 months. Fifty-eight percent of Americans said yes. Poland was second with 50 percent and the other countries came in between 22 and 35 percent.
The poll, taken by the GFK-Eurisko research group, showed Americans prayed the most (87 percent) and the French the least (49 percent).
Americans, Britons, Dutch, Germans, Spaniards, Poles and Russian tended to pray "with my own words" whereas Italians and French tended to recite prayers they had memorized.
Germany and the Netherlands had the highest percentage of respondents who said they believed the Bible was not divinely inspired but just "an ancient book made up of legends, historical facts and teachings written by man".
The majority of respondents in all countries believed it was either the direct word of God or inspired by God.
Americans were the largest group who said they had a Bible at home (93 percent) and the French were the lowest (48 percent).
The French were the most opposed to teaching the Bible in schools whereas the Americans were split about evenly.
Poland had the highest percentage of those who said they attended religious services regularly (91 percent), followed by the United States with 77 percent and Russia with 75 percent.
For more on religion, see the FaithWorld blog at blogs.reuters.com/faithworld))
Obviously, you are not Roman Catholic.
I rest my case.
whatever sect, schismatic or splinter group you belong to - you are certainly way too young to remember - but if you went back and got your grandpa’s Bible you would find the “extra biblical” as you put it Apocrypha.
You will be surprised to know that until the 1930s most “protestant” bibles included the deuterocanonical parts of the bible you call “extra-biblical”.
I guess it's only “extra-biblical” for you - not your forefathers.
I think that the secularism and anti-Christian viewpoints in academia as well as in our entertainment makes us much better Catholic/Christians, at least those of us that survive with our faith intact. We study, pray and learn because of it.
An item like this should have us reinforcing our Christian beliefs, rather than attacking each other for our faith traditions.
Does God love this person more than that person because of their style of devotion?
No problem. That’s why I ended my post with a smiley face. I live in the South and there are often people here who don’t have a lot of experience with Catholics....and I understand this. ;-)
Doesn’t surprise me that Poland was up there, even before reading I knew Poland would be close with America. The Polish know the true evil of Communism and Atheism and the true love of God. I have always said if I couldn’t live in America I would choose Poland. (Most people laugh at me or give me blank stares.)