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Do you live in one of the most Bible-minded or one of the least Bible-minded cities?
The American Bible Society put out its second consecutive study on which cities embrace the best-selling book of all time and some of the results may surprise you.
“What we do is we take down all 100 cities in the U.S. and we take the top, take the bottom and everything in between,” Geof Morin, Chief Communications Officer for the American Bible Society, said. “It’s a combination of not just readership … but engagement, which is a language term for does the Bible get its fair shake in folks’ lives?”
Generally speaking, the Bible is most read in the South, with Chattanooga, Tenn., taking the top spot as the most Bible-minded city, followed by Birmingham, Ala., and Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.
“In the southeast, you have a strong penetration of the Bible in churches, as you would imagine, but in these cities — the ones that made the top 5 in particular — if you look at them, it’s not just church attendance that stacks up here. It’s personal engagement with the scriptures, it’s small groups of people who gather together and, in some cases, some community-wide efforts to invite people to engage, to read and live out the Bible,” Morin told Fox News Chief Religion Correspondent Lauren Green.
The Northeast region had the most cities on the list of least Bible-minded cities, led by Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass., followed by Albany, N.Y., and Boston, Mass.
“There’s churches and lots of folks involved in religious activity, but the penetration of the Bible, the means by which people can personally engage it and find ways to live it out are encouraged to do so, has dropped, which puts these folks at the bottom of the list,” Morin said.
This is the second year the American Bible Society has conducted the study; last year’s most Bible-minded city was Knoxville, Tenn.
“We want to raise up a sense of the scores, but we want to raise up more importantly the champions, the people that are doing some great things based on their hopes found in God’s word,” Morin said.
Watch the full interview with American Bible Society’s Geof Morin above.