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More US youngsters find the Bible transformative, says poll

by Heather Preston

A new report has revealed a growing number of young people in the US see the Bible as transformative to their lives.

Research from the American Bible Society (ABC) reveals more young adults are engaging with scripture and finding it has a transformational influence on them.

Of the 2,506 US respondents, 58 per cent agreed that the "message of the Bible has transformed my life." These survey results show an increase of one percentage point compared to those of the previous year.

The percentage of Generation Z respondents, defined as American adults born in 1997 or later, who cited the Bible as a transformative influence in their lives rose from 50 per cent in 2023 to 54 per cent in 2024.

“Our youngest adults show signs of interest in the Bible, curiosity about it, and transformative interaction with it,” John Farquhar Plake, ABC’s Chief Program Officer said.

“If this trend continues, we have good reason for hope,” he added.

Other findings from the report include an increased scripture engagement level amongst Black Americans, with an engagement percentage of 28 per cent compared with 16 per cent amongst White Americans.

The number of Christians who say they are thriving in their faith has also increased, according to the poll. The 2024 survey found 21 per cent categorised themselves as thriving in their faith in comparison to 19 per cent in 2023.

There was also a notable surge in those who said they were ailing, which rose from 21 per cent in 2023 to 28 per cent in 2024. Despite some experiencing strengthened faith over the past year, a larger proportion reported a decline.


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