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  • Bible Statistics

    Interesting stuff in here for the group: http://www.americanbible.org/uploads...ort%202013.pdf

    Although down 4 points from the last study, I am surprised--and a bit skeptical--that 88% of households own a Bible.

  • #2
    Owning one may only mean there is one in the house; maybe left there by previous generations. Like any book, it is almost useless unless actually read, other than for a door-stop or some such thing.

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    • Eagledad
      Eagledad commented
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      LOL, are your familiar with Martin Luther? I believe for a person to grow holy with God, they have to believe ALL of the Bible applies to them. Once we start picking only those things we like, not only do we stray away from God, we encourage others to stray away from God.

    • DWise1_AOL
      DWise1_AOL commented
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      [quote=LOL, are your familiar with Martin Luther? I believe for a person to grow holy with God, they have to believe ALL of the Bible applies to them. Once we start picking only those things we like, not only do we stray away from God, we encourage others to stray away from God.[/quote]
      Like stoning incorrigible children? Like forcing rape victims to marry their rapists?

      Galatians very clearly states that the Law (ie, the commandments of the Old Testament) does not apply to Christians. So then just exactly what is this "God's absolutely morality" that you wish to impose upon the entire populace?

      I want some absolute specifics, since these "moral codes" are supposed to be imposed upon the entire populace absolutely.

    • AZMike
      AZMike commented
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      BadenP wrote: "Catholics use a variety of prayer books and catechisms and rarely use the Bible in their worship and in religious classes."

      Weird.

      I'm pretty sure EVERY Catholic Mass around the world includes a reading from the Old Testament, then a reading from the Psalms, a reading from an Epistle, and finally a reading from one of the Gospels, BP. Over the course of about a year and a half cycle, a daily Catholic churchgoer hears the entire Bible. The prayers commonly used in Mass and daily life are taken directly from the Bible. Every religious class I ever took required and relied on a Bible. The Sacraments all include quotes from the Bible. Most well-educated Catholics can more than hold their own on knowledge of the Bible with any other denomination.

  • #3
    Originally posted by Brewmeister View Post
    Interesting stuff in here for the group: http://www.americanbible.org/uploads...ort%202013.pdf

    Although down 4 points from the last study, I am surprised--and a bit skeptical--that 88% of households own a Bible.
    I don't see why you would be surprised. I'm not Christian, but have a least half a dozen bibles at home, maybe a whole dozen. "Concerned" family members send them as gifts, people trying to convert me send them as gifts, and its just plain easier to politely accept them from the Giddeons (sp?) on the corner at their twice yearly hand out than to have to stop and engage in a theological discussion, especially when neither of us are going to change our positions.

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    • King Ding Dong
      King Ding Dong commented
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      But it's cheaper than a bag of popcorn and all profit. What a great headline "Scouts Selling Their Bibles to Pay for Scouting"

    • NeverAnEagle
      NeverAnEagle commented
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      ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I've never been able to reconcile "a scout is thrifty" with the annual popcorn sale!

    • Adam S
      Adam S commented
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      Need to be able to "like" the comments, Cause NeverAnEagle's popcorn comment is spot on!

  • #4
    Interesting statistics. I decided to check my library:
    1 Book of Mormon
    1 sayings of Buddha
    1 Qur'an

    Harper Collins Study Bible (NRSV)
    The Narrated Bible (NIV)
    King James version (gift to me in elementary school)
    3 other Bibles on a high shelf (one is the white one my wife walked down the aisle with, not sure about the other two).

    So my response to the survey would mess with the data set a bit.

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    • #5
      I wonder what the statistics are for owning a HDTV?

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      • #6
        No Bibles,.......Just Thoreau, Abbey, the Tao and a canoe........

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        • Nike
          Nike commented
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          Curious as to which one of Abbey's books you take with you.

      • #7
        Bibles, 3 versions including KJV which is the only one I take seriously - the others are just cheap knock-offs of the real thing - not even sure why I have them or where they came from.

        Glancing across the room: GB Shaw, Lyell, Darwin, Crick, Watson, Wallace, Bronowski, de Duve, Dickens, Chapman's Piloting, Aesop, Plato, various textbooks and history books and a bunch of novels by authors I can't quite make out at this distance. I'm fairly certain I don't own anything by Nietzsche or Hitler or Rand.



        Having any of these books in possession is irrelevant if the owner doesn't read them or (better yet) understand them.

        I also have Book of Mormon, Koran, Confucious, books on Buddhism, Mao's little red book (but can't read the Chinese), several on native American belief systems, and yes, Huxley, Harris, and Dawkins. No HDTV. So what!

        Edit: post-natal confusion of Richard with Edward

        My vote RE: Edward Abbey....Desert Solitaire, that would be my choice.

        Three good, well-used canoes, one of them is a classic wood-and-canvas Old Town...my baby.
        Last edited by packsaddle; 09-10-2013, 08:45 PM.

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        • AZMike
          AZMike commented
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          My Dad knew and worked with Abbey. I always liked his "Lonely are the Brave." Good movie, too.

      • #8
        I have been an atheist for over half a century. I have several bibles. Some King James Version (which was commissioned because King James wanted a bible that emphasized the Divine Right of Kings as opposed to the more egalitarian Geneva Bible), searchable files thereof, a German Keppler Bibel (which was the first bible that ever gave me any indication that the ending of Mark was added onto the original long afterwards -- that extraneous ending includes the accounts of the Resurrected Christ being observed and that verse that spawned the cults about safely handling venomous snakes and drinking poison), and Bruce Metzger's Greek New Testament, in which the alternative versions of the bible are presented, including Revelations which ironically promises severe consequences on anyone who would make even the slightest change to Revelations.

        I also have other religious works, such as "Everyman's Talmud" (the Talmud itself is the size of an encyclopedia which has no index, so a Talmudic scholar had memorize the entire thing), the Kybalion, Buddhist Cathecism, Book of Mormon, etc. I used to have a copy of "Pirke Avoth" ("Sayings of the Fathers"), but then I lent it to a friend who then became a Mormon and my Pirke Avoth is now lost.

        Why would an atheist have a bible? The obvious answer is "for self-defense". Please remember that many of us had lived through the "Jesus Freak Movement", in which the fundamentalist churches were flooded by burned-out hippies circa 1970. The decade that followed was filled by over-zealous fundamentalist proselytizers constantly accosting everybody else. This, if nothing else, is a principal reason for the public's general antipathy for Christians. And since so many atheists are themselves former devout Christians, it would only be natural for them to put their Bible knowledge to good use.

        Also, Christian doctrine and mythology has had a strong influence on European culture. Learning Bible stories should be as required as learning Greek and Roman mythology, other very rich sources of stories.

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        • #9
          Dwise1_AOL: " including Revelations which ironically promises severe consequences on anyone who would make even the slightest change to Revelations."

          It is "The Revelation" or "Book of Revelation". Singular. not Revelations. No biggie, just saying.


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          • DWise1_AOL
            DWise1_AOL commented
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            True enough, but the point does remain.

          • Eagledad
            Eagledad commented
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            Wait a minute DWise, you called me a liar for the same mistake. Oh well, I guess there is no morality against hypocricy for atheist.
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