And The Most Godless City in America Is…

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America, you may have a new Sodom and Gomorrah.

The two least “Bible-minded” cities in the United States are the adjacent metros of Providence, R.I., and New Bedford, Mass., according to a study out Wednesday from the American Bible Society.

(UPDATE: Actually, THESE are the most Godless cities in America)

The study defines “Bible-mindedness” as a combination of how often respondents read the Bible and how accurate they think the Bible is. “Respondents who report reading the bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible are classified as ‘Bible Minded,’” says the study’s methodology.

Christian missionaries can apparently steer clear of Tennessee, as the report suggests the state is the most devout in the union. Chattanooga was found to be the most Bible-minded city in America, a title it won from last year’s victor, Knoxville.

Written By: Denver Nicks
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39 COMMENTS

  1. More interested in Chattanooga (the most god fearing, bible reading city in America). Have just been using google maps to get a look at these bible minded critters. Just found the “Freethought Association of the greater Chattanooga area” which looks fairly active.
    http://www.chattfreethought.com

    So even the #1 Bible state of USA has a Atheist voice! Wonder how many members it has? A lot I hope.

  2. I would be interested to know, what percentage of people read the bible in the last seven days in the most bible minded/least bible minded?
    I suspect it’s not that high even among Chistians.

    • In reply to #3 by plaidandpolkadots:

      I would be interested to know, what percentage of people read the bible in the last seven days in the most bible minded/least bible minded?
      I suspect it’s not that high even among Christians.

      Ah, but that’s not what was measured. It was the percentage of people who claimed to have done so.

    • In reply to #3 by plaidandpolkadots:

      I would be interested to know, what percentage of people read the bible in the last seven days in the most bible minded/least bible minded?
      I suspect it’s not that high even among Chistians.

      I guess that no “real xtians” would admit not reading the bible every night, so you can’t really have good statistics with that as well…

    • In reply to #3 by plaidandpolkadots:

      ” I would be interested to know, what percentage of people read the bible in the last seven days in the most bible minded/least bible minded?
      I suspect it’s not that high even among Chistians.”

      I would be interested to know what percentage of them can actually read.

    • In reply to #5 by Miserablegit:

      Another dubious study which uses skewed data.

      What on earth is wrong with skewed data? Sometimes distributions skew to one side. It’s no big deal, per se. Not everything has a normal distribution.

      Hm. But that’s not what you mean by “skewed” is it? It sounds rather like you mean a survey with a result you don’t like. What do you actually mean?

  3. “We want people to know that whether you live in the least or most Bible-minded cities, the Bible can speak to your needs, challenges and concerns and help you make sense of your life,” said American Bible Society communications officer Geoffrey Morin.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Oops. Sorry, I thought I had clicked on NewsThump.

  4. The study defines “Bible-mindedness” as a combination of how often respondents read the Bible and how accurate they think the Bible is. “Respondents who report reading the bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible are classified as ‘Bible Minded,’” says the study’s methodology.

    Has anyone done a psychological survey to correlate with this mental condition?

    TheHardonCollider – @4

    I use the internet to research biblical verses all the time and I’m an atheist…. I don’t think I trust this.

    Edit: never mind only the update used web searches.

    These are fundamentalist faith-thinkers!
    Surely you would not expect them to use scientifically derived data for the original conclusion!

  5. I agree with Vorpal [Comment 2],

    Those of us who are keen to de-convert study the Bible just as much as the fervent. High numbers of people visiting the two sites mentioned indicate bible-study, but do not indicate the motivations for doing so.

    Also, the OP is missing one of the best bible-study resources: (Scripture Project)[www.project-reason.org/scripture_project/]

    Peace.

    • In reply to #9 by Stephen of Wimbledon:

      I agree with Vorpal [Comment 2],

      Those of us who are keen to de-convert study the Bible just as much as the fervent. High numbers of people visiting the two sites mentioned indicate bible-study, but do not indicate the motivations for doing so.

      But this does-

      Respondents who report reading the bible within the past seven days and who agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible are classified as ‘Bible Minded

      • In reply to #10 by phil rimmer:

        Oops.

        Thanks Phil.

        Although the stories suggest only the first statistic uses a filter to ensure committed religiosity among Bible searchers.

        Still, my mistake.

        Peace.

  6. IMO most of the regular posters on this site are more knowledgeable about the Bible than most Christians. For all that, I’m glad that San Francisco came out no. 97 in the survey. I used to live there. Obviously I, among many others, did something right !

    • In reply to #11 by Mr DArcy:

      IMO most of the regular posters on this site are more knowledgeable about the Bible than most Christians.

      True. However, don’t think atheist folks would be invited on ‘American Bible Challenge’. It is more than just beating the buzzer with answers – e.g.

      • Dear oh dear !

        In reply to #14 by bluebird:

        In reply to #11 by Mr DArcy:

        IMO most of the regular posters on this site are more knowledgeable about the Bible than most Christians.

        True. However, don’t think atheist folks would be invited on ‘American Bible Challenge’. It is more than just beating the buzzer with answers – e.g.

  7. Whoopee! My chosen city of residence- Portland, Maine, is 95th in the Bible Gateway rank and 91st in the ABS/Barna rank.
    Also, I’m heading up to Auburn, Maine (the city which is attached to Portland for some reason) for an appointment.
    I’m looking forward to a relatively godless day.

    I’m tearing up a bit- excuse me, does anyone have a handkerchief?

  8. Wow. Ft. Myers/Naples FL. ranked #77. The last time I was there I flipped through the AM/FM dial and counted fully 22 jesus radio stations spewing their ridiculousness. I wonder what the mass media density of crazy exists in Chatanooga or Birmingham.

  9. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  10. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  11. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  12. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  13. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  14. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  15. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  16. The Governor of Tennessee just announced he will work to make community college free. It’s a daring move as his constituents are fighting it. Tennessee appears to lave the least amount of people with an education beyond high school. As more people there become better educated, Tennessee will mostly likely drop from the top of the list in this study.

    However, “Bible-mindedness?” Good grief. If the point they’re making is that people who know, understand and agree with the Bible, then they’ve definitely come to the wrong state. Religious people here in my home state are more like cafeteria style church goers. They haven’t read most parts, they take some, but not all.

  17. As a person (and atheist) that grew up in New Bedford, MA and went to a Catholic elementary/middle school for 10 years in this city ending in 2004, I’m surprised and proud. Would never have thought my area, out of thousands and thousands of towns across the US, is the least interested in the Bible. We have a huge Portuguese population that are very devout (I assume the parents that actually immigrated from Portugal are the devout ones while their kids are less enthusiastic). And we have 3 different Catholic schools in the city. Come to think of it, most people I know and come across in the area are atheists. All my best friends from high school (a catholic high school one town over) are atheists. I’m overflowing with pride, haha

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