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Bible reading boosts mental well-being among Christians, U.K. survey says


A Bible belonging to the late doctor Jeremias Ramos - who died of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 in El Salvador - is seen open at an altar in La Libertad, El Salvador, Feb. 12, 2021. A survey for the Bible Society found that increased reading of the Bible during the pandemic led to a greater feeling of hope in God and confidence in the future. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)


By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service


        ROME (CNS) - Reading the Bible has had a positive effect on people's "mental well-being" during the pandemic, according to a Christian Research survey conducted in the United Kingdom.

        The survey also found that respondents were reading the Bible more and turning to Bible-related videos more during the pandemic.

        The survey, carried out on behalf of the Bible Society, posed a number of questions to 1,000 people in the United Kingdom who identified themselves as Christians and who had attended church at least once a month before restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic. The questions were asked in December, and the results were published online by the Bible Society March 1.

        Forty-two percent of respondents reported that reading the Bible increased a "sense of hope in God during the crisis, rising to nearly half (49%) among 45- to 54-year-olds," the report by the Bible Society said.

        "Some 28% said that reading the Bible had increased their confidence in the future," while 63% said they felt their level of confidence remained the same, rather than dropping, it said.

        It said 23% of those surveyed said the Bible "had increased their mental well-being, including 47% of 24- to 34-year-olds," and 33% of 16- to 24-year-olds reported that reading the Bible had helped them "feel less lonely."

        The report said 35% of survey respondents were reading the Bible more during the pandemic with the biggest increase among 25- to 34-year-olds in which "53% were reading the Bible more often."

        "A quarter of those asked, said that they were reading the Bible 'multiple times a day' and half said that they were reading the Bible on a daily basis," the Bible Society said.

        It also found that 25% of the 25- to 34-year-olds in the survey said they had begun reading the Bible during the pandemic.

        While many continue to turn to print editions of the Bible, 23% reported using "a Bible-reading app, 30% are now listening to the Bible" and 59% of those surveyed said that "they now watched more Bible-related videos or had started watching them."

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