The majority of Canadians seldom or never read the Bible – this according to the recently published (May 1, 2014) Canadian Bible Engagement Study (CBES).
Sad news from the CBES:
- 55% of Canadians have never read the Bible
- 50% of Canadians who read the Bible weekly in 1996 no longer do so today
- 69% of Canadians believe the Bible has irreconcilable contradictions
- 64% of Canadians believe the Scriptures of the major world religions teach essentially the same thing
Other news from the CBES:
- 18% of Canadians strongly agree that the Bible is the Word of God (down from 35% in 1996)
- 21% of Canadian Christians reflect on the meaning of the Bible for their lives at least a few times a week
- 11% of Canadian Christians talk to others about the Bible outside of religious services
- Bible reading frequency among Canadian Christians is roughly the same across all age groups
- 80% of weekly Bible readers strongly agree that the Bible is the Word of God
- 61% of Evangelical Christians strongly agree that the Bible is relevant to their lives
- Confidence in, community around and conversations about the Bible helps deepen Bible engagement
- People who strongly agree that the Bible is the Word of God are six times more likely to attend church weekly
One of the findings of the CBES is that the fate of Bible engagement and church attendance are inextricably linked. Church attendance, like Bible engagement, has been declining for decades (16% of Canadians attend church weekly – down from 27% in 1996).
While the Study hasn’t unearthed anything new, it is a wake up call. Hopefully God’s people will take a good long prayerful look at the state of both Bible engagement and the church in Canada . . .
The Canadian Bible Engagement Study is a must see (check out the engaging video) and a must read (Executive Summary and Full Report). Watch the video and get the free download of the CBES Report at www.bibleengagementstudy.ca
© Scripture Union Canada 2014