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Study: 92 Percent of US Latinos Biblically Illiterate
Charisma News ^ | 9/4/2013 | Julie Shutley

Posted on 09/04/2013 2:01:23 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the American Bible Society (ABS) are kicking off a three-year campaign to promote biblical fluency and literacy in the U.S. Hispanic community with Mes de la Biblia (Month of the Bible). With biblical illiteracy affecting 92 percent of the U.S. Latino community, the two organizations are challenging Hispanic churches and Hispanic Christians to commit to reading Scripture daily throughout September.

“We are inviting pastors and leaders to take action in the fight against biblical illiteracy, which threatens to destroy the principles and values on which our great nation was founded,” says Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, representing more than 40,000 churches and 16 million Hispanic evangelicals.

To provide culturally specific materials, ABS and NHCLC have created online downloadable Bible literacy resources, available at no cost to churches participating in Mes de la Biblia. During the monthlong campaign, a pastor's packet, coordinator's manual, sermon outlines, seven-day leader's devotional, daily Bible reading planner, promotional posters and Bible bookmarks will be available in Spanish.

“Our hope is that not only will U.S. Hispanics start reading the Bible more, but that their engagement will be deeper too," says Rev. Dr. Emilio A. Reyes, executive director of multilanguage ministries at ABS. "The Bible brings wisdom and counsel on so many of the issues facing Hispanics today. This month is the perfect time to rediscover all that is waiting in the Bible’s pages.”

"Hispanic America: Faith, Values and Priorities," a recent study published by Barna Hispanics, ABS, NHCLC and OneHope, notes that while 87 percent of Latinos own a Bible, only 8 percent read it regularly or allow it to inform their worldview. Yet the study further revealed a large percentage of this influential demographic is open to exploring the claims of the Bible in their lives. ABS and NHCLC hope to provide the necessary materials to Hispanic Americans so all have the ability to read the Bible and the motivation to pick up the world's best-selling book of all time.

The nation’s largest minority group and one of the fastest-growing segments in America with a population exceeding 50 million, Latinos are impacting virtually all of American society, including many expressions of the Christian faith. Some 84 percent of Hispanics in the United States identify themselves as Christian.


TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bible; hispanics; latinos
To provide culturally specific materials, ABS and NHCLC have created online downloadable Bible literacy resources, available at no cost to churches participating in Mes de la Biblia. During the monthlong campaign, a pastor's packet, coordinator's manual, sermon outlines, seven-day leader's devotional, daily Bible reading planner, promotional posters and Bible bookmarks will be available in Spanish....

...."Hispanic America: Faith, Values and Priorities," a recent study published by Barna Hispanics, ABS, NHCLC and OneHope, notes that while 87 percent of Latinos own a Bible, only 8 percent read it regularly or allow it to inform their worldview. Yet the study further revealed a large percentage of this influential demographic is open to exploring the claims of the Bible in their lives. ABS and NHCLC hope to provide the necessary materials to Hispanic Americans so all have the ability to read the Bible and the motivation to pick up the world's best-selling book of all time.

1 posted on 09/04/2013 2:01:23 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

And this is a surprise because.....?


2 posted on 09/04/2013 2:04:04 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Alex Murphy

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3 posted on 09/04/2013 2:04:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy

They even believe in a saint associated with drugs and killing.
IMO they at times can be like radical Islam with just a little Catholicism thrown in.


4 posted on 09/04/2013 2:04:54 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Alex Murphy

So much for that GOP trope of these people being culturally conservative, eh?

This is exactly the reason the Catholic Church loves the idea of unfettered immigration. These people will be perfectly happy to listen to the pablum from their liberal/progressive priests and vote accordingly.


5 posted on 09/04/2013 2:06:55 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: Alex Murphy

Why aren’t their evangelical and JW churches teaching them?


6 posted on 09/04/2013 2:07:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Salvation
eight

Two more, and you'll have to switch to your hands.

7 posted on 09/04/2013 2:07:54 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Alex Murphy

the only satan they know of are gringos’


8 posted on 09/04/2013 2:08:09 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Alex Murphy

Sounds like democrats.


9 posted on 09/04/2013 2:08:11 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: NVDave

How could that help the Catholic Church? Very few of them go to Catholic churches here.


10 posted on 09/04/2013 2:08:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Alex Murphy

How does one measure biblical literacy? First, which canon to use as the measure? Do you test specific scripture awareness like John 3:16? If so, which translation? I just don’t see how such a test is even approachable without significant bias.


11 posted on 09/04/2013 2:11:18 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Alex Murphy
gee, 100s if not 1,000s of Mexican gangs in the US, drugs, murder, rape, welfare, racists (La Raza), anti American, they pray directly to the Virgin Marry instead of praying to God if they pray at all and now this news that they don't know the Bible.
REALLY??
12 posted on 09/04/2013 2:16:29 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Old Sarge

92 percent are illiterate. Period.


13 posted on 09/04/2013 2:23:52 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Alex Murphy

newsflash: not a literate culture. Even those who are able to read, don’t. Obviously, I’m.referring to the lower and lower-middle levels. There is a tiny elite that reads for pleasure.


14 posted on 09/04/2013 2:25:23 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Alex Murphy

I’ll bet the biblical illiteracy rate among non-Latinos is also quite high. It’s probably also a safe bet that the biblical illiteracy rate among conservatives is considerably lower than that of liberals and leftists.


15 posted on 09/04/2013 2:42:41 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Alex Murphy

What is their definition of biblical illiteracy? Because if it’s just “reads Bible regularly”, non-Hispanic Christians aren’t much different.


16 posted on 09/04/2013 3:09:10 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: Alex Murphy

Given that about 92% of latinos are Catholic, I am totally not surprised.


17 posted on 09/04/2013 3:16:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: taxcontrol

I would guess the Barna study goes into detail about it. From the story while 87% of latinos say they own a bible, only 8% of those actually admit to spending any time reading it.

Can’t be truly literate about something if you never read it. You can however very easily quote a sentence or two out of context when it seems to help advance your point.


18 posted on 09/04/2013 3:20:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Alex Murphy

What do you expect? Most of them are Catholics. We have a college student from Columbia that we have befriended who says that the majority of her country is Catholic and that the people in that country think that anyone who knows the Bible well is considered to be “muy loco”.


19 posted on 09/04/2013 4:08:02 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: Secret Agent Man; nickcarraway; Alex Murphy
"Given that about 92% of latinos are Catholic, I am totally not surprised."

Given the fact that several people on FR have pointed out on several occasions (here for example) that nearly a third of such folks are now in non-Catholic churches it's really funny to see comments like that.

Poster nickcarraway is right to ask why their new non-Catholic churches aren't teaching the third who are no longer Catholic especially since they love to brag about such folks leaving the Catholic Church.

Obviously whatever fits the propaganda line of the day is what propagandists spin today because propagandists care far more about their personal Self Alone agenda than they do about Christ and Him crucified being preached.

20 posted on 09/04/2013 4:15:07 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin
Given the fact that several people on FR have pointed out on several occasions (here for example) that nearly a third of such folks are now in non-Catholic churches it's really funny to see comments like that.

Your own link puts it at about 28%, 27% in 2008, other polls put it at 22% in 2008, Protestant Hispanics are the ones that voted 56% republican in 2004, and 48% republican in 2008.

It would be nice to get them up to snuff with better bible knowledge, I wonder whose churches will improve the situation the fastest, the Protestant ones, or the Catholic ones?

21 posted on 09/04/2013 4:36:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: nickcarraway
How could that help the Catholic Church? Very few of them go to Catholic churches here.

Catholic Hispanic church attendance is just barely higher than it is for white Catholics.

22 posted on 09/04/2013 4:58:32 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: ansel12
How many non-Catholics who claim to be Christian and who are eligible to vote stayed home and did not vote at all in the last election ?

How many times larger than the total number of votes cast for King Barry by "Catholic" voters is the total number of non-Catholics who don't bother to vote?

When was the Constitution altered to prohibit the 75% or so of the population who are not Catholic from voting?

How many of the Latinos who are counted as something other than Catholic when it's time to brag about how Latinos are leaving the Catholic Church are counted as being Catholic on election day the same way black folks mysteriously cease to be Evangelical non-Catholics on election day?

Keep on dancin' Bojangles12, keep on dancin'. Figures don't lie but liars figure.

23 posted on 09/04/2013 4:59:58 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Alex Murphy
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the American Bible Society (ABS) are kicking off a three-year campaign to promote biblical fluency and literacy in the U.S. Hispanic community with Mes de la Biblia (Month of the Bible). With biblical illiteracy affecting 92 percent of the U.S. Latino community, the two organizations are challenging Hispanic churches and Hispanic Christians to commit to reading Scripture daily throughout September.

I think all Christians consider that great news, and all conservatives know that it can only help us politically.

24 posted on 09/04/2013 5:04:21 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: Rashputin

okay, historically about 92% are catholic.
you can go get un-squinky now.


25 posted on 09/04/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
So concern for the facts being accurately stated is, squinky".

That explains a lot.

26 posted on 09/04/2013 5:18:08 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

I don’t see the point of your questions or their relevancy to my post.

But your last one really seemed odd, it didn’t make any sense what so ever.


27 posted on 09/04/2013 5:19:25 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: Rashputin

yeah, that’s all you were, concerned about the facts. the huge ax your’e grinding had nothing to do with it.


28 posted on 09/04/2013 5:23:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
ROTFLOL.

Now not going along to get along is "the huge ax", that also explains a lot. Like how so many people cease to care about the truth if the mistatements of fact and outright lies are popular.

29 posted on 09/04/2013 5:35:11 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

comeon, you could have just said that certain percentage isn’t accurate any longer. instead you took it as an opportunity to engage in bashing. the fact most catholics don’t read the bible is relevant as most latinos are catholic, and still are, even with the percentage changes you identify. stating so isn’t me bashing, it’s just what it is. you taking it as an opportunity to go after others on unproven accusations that you somehow know to be true. talk about not being bothered about facts.


30 posted on 09/04/2013 6:21:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: ansel12
I lived in South Texas a long time and read a great explanation of the huge literacy problems facing young Hispanics.

It said: “The kids are raised at home speaking Tex-Mex Spanish—but not reading Spanish! They become moderately bi-lingual and start school kind-of speaking English also, which is great, but they are not proficient enough to read English well and cannot get any help there at home.”

The article concludes with the sympathetic, but devastating, “So little Juan is bi-lingual but illiterate in two languages.”

31 posted on 09/04/2013 10:55:09 PM PDT by DJtex
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To: Secret Agent Man

My how squinky !


32 posted on 09/04/2013 11:10:48 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: ansel12
"I don’t see the point of your questions or their relevancy to my post."

Which proves that the sort of numbers you enjoy posting are for your own entertainment only since you cannot grasp he real problem that has to be solved.

33 posted on 09/04/2013 11:36:57 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: DJtex
“So little Juan is bi-lingual but illiterate in two languages.”

That's the bottom line.

34 posted on 09/04/2013 11:38:43 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

No, it just means what I said, and what about that goofy last question in your post that you still didn’t explain, what in the heck was that about?


35 posted on 09/04/2013 11:59:45 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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