Consider the following:
- Much of what many Christians know of their bible is based on what others have told them (e.g., their parents, their clergy) about what it says.
- Most sermons I have heard in church involve some element of clergy explaining to the laity what certain passages in the bible mean.
- Dumbed-down and incomplete bibles are used in many Sunday schools and youth outreach programs.
- Bible study groups abound, which typically involve someone interpreting the bible (i.e., communicating to participants or readers that it often means something different from what it says).
So what percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians have read an adult version of the Christian bible by themselves from cover to cover without someone else paraphrasing or interpreting it for them? My guess is that this number is probably no greater than 20%.
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