Why the Bible Matters

Religious studies graduate voddies are increasingly using the Bible as a tool for understanding how to live out their Christian faith, a new report finds.

The new study, which is titled “The Bible and Religion,” finds that nearly one-third of those who graduated from a Bible course in 2014, the last year for which data is available, said the Bible influenced their decision to pursue a religion.

The percentage jumped to 43 percent among those who have been in religious education programs since 2013.

The study comes as a major push is underway to teach Bible study in public schools, with the Trump administration pushing to replace the current federal curriculum with a more “evangelical” version.

The administration also wants to cut the number of students who take a Bible class from three to two.

This year, about 1 in 4 high school seniors said they have at least one Bible book in their home.

A quarter of high school graduates said the books they read most frequently were the Bible and Christian apologetics.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they were comfortable with using a Bible as their primary source of information.

About two-fifths of those interviewed also said they read the Bible for study, while more than a quarter of them said they used a Bible study guide for research.

The survey of nearly 3,000 high school students was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The study is available online at https://www.pewforum.org/index.php?title=Reasons_to_read_the_Bible&id=3899.

The full study is scheduled to be released by the end of the year.