HOW HAS COVID-19 CHANGED AMERICA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BIBLE?
COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of life, including participation in church and engagement with the Bible. Bible-related searches online hit a five-year high, but there are troubling signs in American’s lives...
- Scripture Engagement is under pressure, especially among women who shoulder the needs of childcare at home.
- Americans of many faiths say COVID-19 has interfered with their ability to worship and serve God.
- Stress and trauma are on the rise, while hope and flourishing are trending downward.
The Church is helping connect people to the Bible and its message of hope. When Americans gather in community with one another around the Bible the data show an increase in hope and human flourishing.
Explore trends in Scripture Engagement and learn how COVID-19 is disrupting Americans' relationship with the Bible.
- The Bible in America: 2020 Trends
- The Bible in a COVID-19 World
- The Impact of Scripture Engagement
- Scripture Engagement and Wellbeing
- Scripture Engagement and Technology (August)
- Scripture Engagement and Discipleship (September)
- Scripture Engagement, Social Justice and Political Identity (October)
- Scripture Engagement and the Military (November)
- State of the Bible 2020: A Year in Review (December)
News and Information
For the past decade, American Bible Society, in conjunction with Barna Group, has released an annual State of the Bible report, surveying what Americans believe about, and how they use, the Bible. In this episode of the Influence Podcast, George P. Wood talks with John F. Plake, Ph.D., about Bible engagement trends, based on the 2019 report.
In 2019, American Bible Society and Barna Group investigated Trauma in America and found that millions of Americans face suffering every day. Often they suffer in silence, but for many, the Church offers hope and healing.
Each year, Barna examines behaviors and beliefs related to the Bible among American adults, a study conducted in partnership with American Bible Society. In the 2019 “State of the Bible” report, we find encouraging boosts in Bible engagement and that, despite continued skepticism, scripture still impacts the daily lives and beliefs of many Americans.