State of the

Research from American Bible Society

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The events of 2020-21 have disrupted almost every aspect of American life including our physical wellbeing, our economic outlook, and our religious lives. Discover how Americans’ relationships with the Bible and the Church have changed in the past year.
Uncertainty and Unrest Cause Major Shifts

From the online church revolution to socially-distanced small groups, the landscape of Christian faith and worship in America has been deeply disrupted in the past year. The strain of the ongoing pandemic and civil unrest in our nation continues to alter every aspect of life including personal relationships, church participation, and engagement with Scripture.

However, despite the troubles we are experiencing, there are signs of hope and great opportunity when it comes to the Bible:

  • This year, 95 million American adults are exploring Scripture, many for the very first time!
  • The Church has a great opportunity to help connect these new Bible explorers to the Bible and its message of hope.
Chapters Include
  • The Bible in America: 2021 Trends
  • Finding the New Normal
  • Hope for the Hurting
  • The Good Life
  • Generation Z
  • Good Neighbors
  • The Bible and the American Church
  • Generosity and the Bible
  • The Year in Review
Coming in 2022...
  • The Bible in America: 2022 Trends
  • Speaking of Faith in America
  • Connecting with the Bible in Modern Times
  • The Bible and Intellectual Humility
  • On Being Good Neighbors
  • Much, much more...


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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

Executive Director of Trauma Healing
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

President and CEO 
American Bible Society

News and Information

View Past State of the Bible Reports and More

State of the Bible USA 2011-2020 Reports
American Bible Society/ Barna Trauma In America Study
Baylor University Prison Trauma Healing Study

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