Have we overestimated the hostility towards faith in our nation and underestimated the Bible as a tool for mission? We went to 20,000 people to find out what they thought about Christianity, the Bible and faith. Now you can explore the findings of this landmark survey and better understand your local community.
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Find out what people in England and Wales really think about faith and the Bible.
Asked about whether 'science and religion are fundamentally in opposition with each other', 40 per cent said they were.
But only just. Asked, ‘If you have one, which of the following best describes your religion or faith?’ 49.45 per cent said they had no religion.
If you have one, which of the following best describes your religion or faith? Please choose one
Asked to pick three options from a list of what the Church should be doing in Britain today, more than half – 54 per cent chose 'Serving the poor and those on the edges of society'.
Asked about their belief in 'a God/gods or some higher power', 38 per cent said there definitely or probably was a God, while 49 per cent said there definitely or probably was not.
Which of the following best describes your belief? Please choose one
Asked, '‘To what extent would you be interested or not in discovering more about the Bible?’ a total of 23 per cent of adults in England and Wales selected 'fairly interested' or 'very interested'.
To what extent would you be interested or not in discovering more about the Bible?
Asked about which denomination they identify with, more than half of Christians – 56 per cent – said they were Church of England or Church in Wales. Just under a fifth – 17 per cent – said they were Catholic.
From our research, we’ve been able to map the spiritual ground in England and Wales based on eight distinct spiritual types or personas. We’ve badged them on the basis of their attitude to the Bible, ranging from ‘Bible Loving’ at one end to ‘Bible Dismissive’ at the other – with a complex range of attitudes in between. We’ll let them introduce themselves...
'I want to make it a bigger part of my life, but I'm not sure how to make sense of it.'Learn more
'I can see it might have potential, but I'm not sure it has much to say to me.'Learn more
'I like the idea that it's still there, but can it be made relevant to the next generation?'Learn more
'It's like Nelson's Column – part of our history, but it doesn't affect my life.'Learn more
'I just don't care about it. I can't see why it's worth my time or energy.'Learn more
Hear from Bible communicators and mission practitioners about how to communicate with each of the personas.
In 1875 Charles Spurgeon gave a speech to Bible Society in which he urged fresh confidence in the Bible. He said: 'I do not know whether you see that lion – it is very distinctly before my eyes; a number of persons advance to attack him, while a host of us would defend the grand old monarch… Pardon me if I offer a quiet suggestion. Open the door and let the lion out!'
There's a story about Christianity in the West that we've got used to hearing. The story is that it's had its day: that science has somehow disproved it, it's out of step with the modern world and that sensible people don't need it...
2020 will see a major Bible Society initiative – and we'd love you to be part of it.
We've created an incredible 360º film telling the Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. Home360 is a creative interpretation of the Bible aimed at connecting with people outside the church walls. It'll be shown in special viewing domes at festivals and in major towns and cities across the UK – and it'll also be available via Virtual Reality goggles for those who can't get to one of the dome locations.