State of the

Research from American Bible Society

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State of the Bible 2022 has uncovered some disappointing findings. But there are indicators of hope, too. Dig into our most robust study ever and find out what America is telling us about their relationship with God, faith, and the Bible.
What's the State of the Bible in 2022?

American Bible Society is in its twelfth year of conducting State of the Bible, asking American people their opinions and practices relating to the Bible.

  • Do people consider the Bible God’s Word? If so, what does that mean to them?
  • Does the Bible shape their daily decisions? In what ways?
  • How does Scripture impact their relationship with God or their spiritual growth?
  • How often do they read the Bible? And how do they choose what to read?
  • How do people of different ages, genders, races, education, or religions respond to all these questions? Are there regional differences?
  • How do those who engage with the Bible differ from those who don’t?
  • And what’s the trend line? 


Through these findings, we hope State of the Bible will help provide some direction for your biblical ministry as you respond to the needs of the people you serve.

Current chapters include
  • Rumbling with Reality in 2022
  • The Bible in America - 2022 Trends
  • Changing Faith
  • Hope and Flourishing in America
  • The Bible and Society
  • Faith Across the Generations
  • Speaking of Faith in America
  • Digging In
  • A Generous Life
  • Top stories and analysis from 2022
And, coming soon...
  • State of the Bible: USA 2023 will be released in April.
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“The annual State of the Bible research is a remarkable tool for churches in America. Each piece of data acts as a guidepost, identifying cultural trends and highlighting groups of Americans whose hearts are softening toward God’s Word. By equipping themselves with these insights, churches can move toward more impactful ministry in their individual communities.”


Dr. Ed Stetzer

Professor and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center
Wheaton College

Nicole Martin

“For Trauma Healing Ministry, State of the Bible research is a beacon of light shining on critical areas and needs that we might not otherwise see. Thanks to this data, we can strategize and mobilize to meet the human needs reflected in these numbers. Our ministry becomes smarter and more effective as we see the impact of healing amplified across our nation.”

Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin

Senior Vice President for Ministry Impact
American Bible Society

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“American Bible Society has its roots in research. By continuing this legacy of collecting data through the State of the Bible today, we’re checking the spiritual heartbeat of our nation. Each year, our understanding of modern Bible ministry is sharpened by the State of the Bible, helping us serve the Church and reach more people with the life-changing message of God’s Word.”  

Robert L. Briggs

former President and CEO 
American Bible Society

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State of the Bible USA 2011-2021 Reports
American Bible Society/ Barna Trauma In America Study
Baylor University Prison Trauma Healing Study


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