Feeding the 5000 before the lions

02 November 2006

CHURCHGOERS across England and Wales have demonstrated a shaky knowledge of the Bible, writes a staff reporter.

Four hundred people from a random selection of churches in England and Wales took part in the survey, conducted for the Bible Society. Denominations included Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, and New Frontiers.

Churchgoers were asked to arrange a list of ten events in the order in which they appear in the Bible. These included Noah’s Ark, the feeding of the 5000, and Daniel in the lions’ den.

Fewer than a quarter — 24 per cent — were able to put the events in the correct order.

"It seems that even Christians struggle to see the big picture when it comes to the Bible," said Ann Holt, director of programme at the Bible Society. The survey results were released this week to coincide with the publication of The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen (SPCK/Bible Society), a booklet that encourages the reading of the Bible in the light of certain central themes.


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