PHILADELPHIA - A new poll finds the vast majority of Americans still own Bibles and consider the Bible to be sacred Scripture, but far fewer actually read it and a growing number of Americans have a negative view of the Bible.
The poll conducted by the Barna Group for the American Bible Society found that 95 percent of elderly Americans own at least one Bible, compared to 79 percent of young Americans. Two out of three young adults say they rarely read it, however.
One-fifth of adults surveyed said they view the Bible as the inspired, infallible Word of God and said they read it four times a week.
But those who said they rarely or never read the Bible and consider it nothing but antiquated teachings and stories grew from 10 percent in 2011 to 17 percent this year. Still, a surprising 59 percent of people who said they have no faith reported owning Bibles.
American Bible Society spokesman Geof Morin says the poll shows people have become more polarized about the Bible.
But 77 percent of those surveyed said they believe "the values and morals of America are declining" and well over half said they believe the Bible has too little influence in American society.
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