Billions of Bibles Printed in the last 200 years but....
Mar 14, 2009 09:15 AM
Quoted from the WWW:
....The Holy Bible is regarded by millions as the written Word of the one and only true God. Indeed, the Bible claims this distinction for itself. In the eyes of many others it is highly regarded as a collection of some of the world's greatest literature.
The nonprofit American Bible Society has, in more than 180 years of its existence, distributed more Bibles than there are people in the world?some 8.5 billion. The British and Foreign Bible Society has distributed several billion more in dozens of languages.
More than 100 million new Bibles, reflecting numerous translations, are sold or given away freely every year. Translations exist in more than 2,000 languages and dialects....
However, for all of the attention given to the Bible, its value is underestimated. When we probe a little deeper we find the Bible being lauded, even revered, yet a book whose contents are often little read and even less understood.
Much of the world is biblically illiterate. In his 2007 book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know?and Doesn't, Stephen Prothero, chair of the religion department at Boston University, documents Americans' abysmally low awareness of what the Bible says. Among his findings:
? Half of adult Americans can't name even one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John).
? Most can't name the Bible's first book (Genesis).
? Two thirds couldn't name Jesus as the One who gave the Sermon on the Mount.
? Most think the Bible says Jesus was born in Jerusalem (He was actually born in Bethlehem).
? One in 10 believe Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.
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