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Published: Thursday, Jan. 30 2014 6:40 p.m. MST

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christoph
Brigham City, UT

America, traditionally, is not a reading nation, and that includes Time magazine.

BYU_Aggie
Salt Lake City, UT

Honestly, ever since reading the Time article about Mitt Romney 6 or so years ago (before the 2008 election), I'm convinced that Time literally does not research into the LDS Church before publishing, or they actually have it out for the Mormons. I couldn't believe how many egregious errors were in that article, just about basic things (e.g. - like all members meeting in the Temple every week - with a picture of the inside of the tabernacle being displayed). It was downright ridiculous. That article about John Huntsman Jr. a few years ago wasn't much better either.

Time is hardly a reputable journal anymore - if it ever was.

BYR
West Bountiful, UT

I wonder if this is Salt Lake City proper and NOT the Wasatch Front. If that is correct, I am not surprised.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Studies show that atheists have more knowledge of scriptures and religion than do believers. As an atheist, I must say I am not surprised by the Time data. In my experience (including 30 years attending LDS meetings and listening to the lessons and comments), LDS people overall are not very literate in the Bible. Evangelical and other Christians far surpass Mormons in both the depth and breadth of their knowledge of the Bible.

PP
Eagle Mountain, UT

That's funny "scientist". I have had discussions with many evangelical Christians and almost without fail I knew more about the bible than they did. I knew the history better, where to find things better and was generally more knowledgeable. And I am a very average member of the LDS church.

I think you might "protest too much"

And those atheist "studies". Not worth the paper they are written on.

telephos
Logan, UT

I think if anyone actually read the Bible they would stop being a Christian, especially if you are black or a woman, it is one bigoted book.

IDSpud
Eagle, ID

Beyond the explanation given in the DN article for why the numbers are skewed or incomplete, so called researchers should also take into account the fact that the LDS scriptures (Standard Works) constitute far more than just the Bible. The LDS spread their scripture reading/study out over 4 books of scripture, which includes the Bible, whereas those the LDS are being compared against use only the Bible.

rightascension
Provo, UT

Would not surprise me. The Bible gets talked about in classes -- but not read a lot from beginning to end.

As If!
Layton, UT

I recently finished reading the whole King James Bible and I am a Mormon. Silly study. We're studying the Old Testament this year in church. I love the Bible!

Spoc
Ogden, UT

Accuracy is an fascinating concept for their survey since the Gateway has no less than 52 English language versions to choose from. A quick perusal of each version of the same passage left me quite confused as to the original author's intended meaning.

Likewise, it seems just a bit arrogant to assume that if I have not used their software that I have no interest in the Bible and must be an infidel.

Or a Vulcan American. ;-)

Mark321
Las Vegas, NV

@ Scientist

"Evangelical and other Christians far surpass Mormons in both the depth and breadth of their knowledge of the Bible."

Not where I served my mission and I served in Atlanta Georgia in the heart of the Bible Belt. Majority of my time was in the rural areas of northern Georgia and the suburbs of Atlanta. I recall entering homes and asking them to use their Bible. They give it to me with so much dust it was obvious it was hardly ever opened. Nevertheless I used their Bible because too many times when I teach a principle using my quad or King James Bible, they'd tell me, "Well that's not in my Bible" when truthfully it was all along, but to show them that it was I used their Bible. The shock on their faces that I knew their Bible better than them was priceless at times. Even those who knew their own Bible well was surprised at our knowledge of the Bible. I did this because many thought we have a different Bible so using their own Bible debunked this thought.

cambodia girl
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

How in the world can you read the Book of Mormon without reading the Bible? The cross references are amazing and the books combined make the entire event complete! I love studying the scriptures, and that means all of them!

Melanna
Salt Lake City, Utah

From the article, "The other study, by the American Bible Society, ranked regions based on how many people said they read the Bible in the past seven days and how accurate they consider it to be. Salt Lake City ranked 87th."

From The Articles of Faith, "8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly;..."

It kind of seems like "as far as it is translated correctly" would automatically bump you down a list that wants to know how accurate you think the Bible is.....

Open and honest
Manchester, 00

1.95 million is the total number of members claimed on the Mormon Newsroom 'facts and statistics'.
The article claims that 1.95 million Utah Mormon's are studying the Bible each Sunday.

Really?

Activity rates in Utah run at 100%?

Or is someone taking a little bit of...let's call it....poetic licence in his article?

Diligent Dave
Logan, UT

rightascension said-- "Would not surprise me. The Bible gets talked about in classes -- but not read a lot from beginning to end." This is my experience. President Benson tried to get members to read the Book of Mormon more. And, to some degree some of us are doing that. However, We've got a generation, or two, since President Benson's tenure as Church president who think that the Bible is mostly incoorect (which, while some key verses are missing, by-and-large, they are few overall.

For years, I have often spoken in my ward about our need to read the Bible much more, especially the Old Testament. I would rebrand it (as the Book of Mormon was a few years back as "Another Testament of Jesus Christ", we should refer to the "Old Testament" as the "First Testament"; "Old" sounds so 'old', musty & dusty. And, indeed, much of it's "dustiness" among us Mormons is that while we do listen to some about it in Sunday School classes, for the most part, we ignore most of it, and very few have read all the way through it even ONCE, let alone many times!

niners
SAINT GEORGE, UT

If Mormons are so knowledgeable of the bible then why is it that whenever I was in Sunday school the converts always knew way more about the BOM and the bible than the born in Mormons? Born in Mormons truly know very little about their own religion, in my experience with the church, which is about 20 years...This obviously is not true in every case, but I know a lot of comment readers will know exactly what I'm talking about.

Wacoan
Waco, TX

PEW writes on their findings about religious knowledge between various groups. "On questions about Christianity; including a battery of questions about the Bible; Mormons (7.9 out of 12 right on average) and white evangelical Protestants (7.3 correct on average) show the highest levels of knowledge. Jews and atheists/agnostics stand out for their knowledge of other world religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism;" Atheists and agnostics answered 4.4 questions correctly about the Bible.

SSmith
Salt Lake City, UT

Excluding Numbers and Deuteronomy, which are just odd, the real question should be: who is LIVING the Bible and especially the New Testament.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

So according to their study we don't read the Bible as much. Yet, when it comes to testing on Bible knowledge, Utahan's rank in the highest spot.

So what it boils down to, it's a skewed survey. Numbers collected in this survey is as reliable as the White House unemployment numbers, green energy numbers, budget numbers, Health Care numbers, troops in Iraq numbers etc. The most important thing that was taught in statistics course, is you can skew any information that best meets your needs.

jcobabe
Provo, UT

I take this as a personal reproach. Perhaps the ranking is intended as an indication that I devote entirely too much time to the reading of Deseret News. I feel shamed. In the future I will put aside the newspaper and devote more time to Bible study.

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