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Teens' Bible Reading Time Decreases
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Despite recent upsurges in worship service attendance among U.S. Protestant teen-agers, less than one-third of that group report that they read the Bible at least once a week, according to the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina.

The majority of U.S. Protestant teen-agers (68 %) say that they read the Bible less frequently than once a week or not at all, the report said. Of all U.S. teen-agers, about one in four reads the sacred scripture of their religious tradition weekly or more often.

The incidence of low Bible reading contrasts with increased numbers of U.S. teen-agers claiming religious affiliations and attending worship services in recent years, principal researcher Christian Smith said.

"The findings here suggest that far fewer U.S. teens regularly engage in more personal religious practices of faith (like scripture reading) that many religious traditions, especially Protestantism, have long emphasized as crucial for spiritual growth," he said.

By Bill Broadway
(c) 2004, The Washington Post

Originally Posted: 08 at 2
Last Updated: 08 at 2

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