Survey finds British children and adults are biblically illiterate

THREE out of 10 British children have next to no understanding of the Bible and their parents aren’t that knowledgeable, either.

A survey released by the Bible Society said most boys and girls aged 8 to 15 years old did not know that Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark or Jesus’ birth were rooted in the Bible.

More than a third of the 800 children surveyed did not know that David and Goliath and the story of the Good Samaritan were Bible tales.

One in 10 mistakenly thought the story about King Midas and Icarus was in the Bible.

But not just children are Bible ignorant.

Nearly half of the 1,100 parents surveyed failed to identify Noah’s Ark as a story from the Bible. More than one-third thought a Harry Potter plotline was or might have come from the Bible


13 thoughts on “Survey finds British children and adults are biblically illiterate

  1. Everything must change… nothing stays the same. Tomorrow is never yesterday no matter how they try and change it. Today there’s simply no money or fun in reading the Bible. Besides, corporations are changing history so fast it makes your head spin. If you disagree with them, they bribe you,buy you out or starve you. Brit’s living in caves and the underground due to the governments stupid austerity laws have no inclination to read the Bible. They want food stamps and welfare… that dreaded word hypocritical Christians can’t deal with.

    Biblical illiteracy is only a part of it. So it’s unfair to suggest a ‘turning away’ from religion, and single it out, as it were.

    They no little of ANY history … period.

    Their brain goes back about 10 years, anything beyond that is irrelevant to them.

    So it’s like trying to converse with a puffed up smidgen of blowfish brains that go around saying stuff like “I was heterosexual yesterday but today I decided to be gay … I do feel sorry for all those starving kids, although it would be cool to be thin like that … except for all those flies and stuff…
    the holocaust didn’t really happen like they said it did… otherwise holocaust deniers like Irving wouldn’t be allowed to say what he’s saying… same with climate change deniers … who cares what happened BEFORE Captain Cook got here? Old people know nothing and belong in nursing homes… they don’t even know what an ipod is … etc etc …” get the drift?

    But the same as binge drinking … they act as if it’s never happened before.

    Well it has happened before in England, under Margaret Thatcher.

    And it took someone like Johnny Rotten to wake them all up.

    I guess at some point… people must get sick of walking around with holes in their clothes and being homeless through no fault of their own…

    “There is a battle of 2 wolves inside us. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority, ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The wolf who wins is the one you feed” Cherokee proverb.


  2. Since when did a story penned by those who basically knew nothing about the true universe been classified as “”KNOWLEDGE”” .
    Aaah !!
    With people with a closed mind such as creationist Ken Ham destroy all knowledge just to perpetuate their “”DELUSION ” of importance .


  3. Interesting survey.
    Do the results reflect the failure of the church or of schools I wonder?
    And does this give today’s church an opportunity to start afresh with a generation that has not been affected in a bad way by religion?


    • I think it’s very likely that a young, or not so young, adult on first discovering the New Testament, could not help but be deeply affected. But perhaps they need to find it outside of established churches? Then they would I expect look for a community.

      Once the Bible Society used to place bibles in hotels, motels, etc. That could have attracted mpre people if it had been the New Testament only.


  4. There are many books ofbible stories for children. I buy them for my grandchildren, with the blessing of their agnostic, even sceptical, parents. They consider the stories to be part of our culture.

    If I didn’t do this, these children would grow up as biblically ignorant as the examples given.


  5. In comparison to many on here, I consider myself to be Biblically ignorant. I sometimes read battles between what this or that means between you and it goes right over my head. I hope that I understand the basics and the spirit of it though.

    I have often wondered whether the faith is being taught enough today and if you actually did the same study here in Australia whether it would produce the same results. There seems to be an attitude of ‘oh, they’ll come to it themselves’ – but that doesn’t always happen. I’m sure not everyone that taught the faith in the past was dogmatic about it. It can be taught without it being scarring as some people say.


  6. I think that demonstrates a Christian inability to connect with the common person. I’d suggest that Jesus has become more of an idol than an inspiration, as in essence, Jesus was all about connecting to common people.


      • Paul did a fantastic job marketing Christianity!

        It’s well I think to remember Augustine,

        “For what is now called the Christian religion existed even among the ancients and was not lacking from the beginning of the human race until ‘Christ came in the flesh’. From that time, true religion, which already existed, began to be called christian. … For this reason, I said: ‘In our times, this is the Christian religion,’ not because it did not exist in Former times, but because it had received this name in later times”


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