Update, 11:18 a.m.:
Biblegateway.com wrote me to offer some hope: Colorado Springs is ranked 16th on its list
. Now that's more like it.
"Note that we’re measuring different things," writes the website. "The ABS/Barna survey is measuring Bible reading and agreement that the Bible is accurate, while our data shows overall usage regardless of how the reader feels about the Bible’s accuracy."
——— ORIGINAL POST ———
Colorado Springs, we need to talk. The American Bible Society
recently released a study
showing which 100 U.S. cities "embrace the best-selling book of all time" and the Colorado Springs/Pueblo
area came in 56th. FIFTY-SIXTH — five places away from Portland, for Chrissakes, and behind
Austin, New Orleans and Detroit. (More reasonably, Denver checks in at 81st.)
Now, you might reason that the liberal bastion to the south dragged us down in the rankings, but c'mon people — we're Colorado Springs! Cited in every article ever composed as the home to Focus on the Family
, New Life Church
, Compassion International
and any other Jesus-y organization you can throw a 501(c)(3) designation at. We're supposed to crush this shiznit.
Stealing our thunder are those Bible-thumpers in Chattanooga, Tenn.
, which led the list, followed by Birmingham/Anniston/Tuscaloosa, Ala.
and Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.
"Along with ranking the most and least Bible-minded cities, the study also found that an inverse relationship exists between population size and Bible friendliness," says the society. "Of the top 25 Bible-minded markets, only three have a population of greater than 1 million households: Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Dallas."
[Don't make a rural-America joke, don't make a rural-America joke, don't make a rural-America joke ...]
"Not surprisingly, many cities in the East Coast continued to rank as the least Bible-minded in 2013," it says. "Among them: Providence, R.I.; Albany and Buffalo, N.Y.; Boston; and Portland, Maine."
So there you have it. We're just middle-of-the-road when it comes to daily dips into the scriptures. Nonetheless, as befits our superior ranking: Buffalo, we'll be praying for you.