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Survey reveals low levels of Bible reading among Christian millennials

Engagement with the Bible among Christians was obviously higher than millennials in general but only around 49% belivers said they read it more than once a month.

9% of practising Christians said they read it every day and 13% a few times a week, 13% said every week and 17% said they read it a few times a year, meaning around 51% of practising Christians read it less than once a month. 

The survey was commissioned the Bible Society, designed by CODEC at the University of Durham, conducted by Comres and analysed by Barna Global. 

47% all millennials asked said they haven't listened or engaged with the Bible in the last year but 29% engage with it once a month or more.

For those who had heard or read a Bible verse in the last year, which could include Christians and non-Christians, the places this primarily happened was at home (29%), at a special service, such as a wedding or funeral (22%), or at a regular church service (12%).

Special services became the most common reason to hear from the Bible once you account for only non-Christians.

The reasons for engaging with the Bible among all categories, which could include simply being at a service, were mostly 'to comfort me' (30% of those who'd read it in the last year) and 'to inspire me' (29%). Other reasons included to bring them closer to God and seeking guidance.

48% of millennials said they didn't have a relationship with the Bible.

34% said they see Bible verses shared on social media at least monthly but most said they do not pay attention to verses shared online.

About one-quarter though said the Bible verses people share online make Christianity more appealing to them. 

Among the non-religious, 50% said they had neither a negative nor positive feeling towards Christianity.

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