The Bible’s influence is not limited to Christians; Jews and Muslims also consider the Bible to be a sacred text. If you think of how there are 2 billion Christians, 14 million Jews and 1.3 billion Muslims, that means that more than half of the world’s population consider the Bible to be a major influence on their faith. Bible widely used in American society
The Bible is especially influential in American society. In the 2012 State of the Bible report released by the American Bible Society, commissioned by the American Bible Society and conducted by Barna Research, it was found that in America, 85% of households own a Bible. Most families own more than one Bible, with a household average of 4.3 Bibles. The survey found that the majority of Americans (69%) believe the Bible provides answers on how to live a meaningful life. In a poll conduced by Comres, the survey asked people how important knowledge of the Bible is for appreciating culture, history and politics. On the whole, people think it is significant, with nearly half of people believing it is important for the visual arts, literature and history. The influence of the Bible on society has been important throughout history. As the 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote, “The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.” Influence of the Bible on language and culture
The Bible has influenced our society through its impact on our language, on the words we use. Over 22,000 English words have their root in Hebrew. That’s more than the roots of Greek, Latin, and French. Language
The Bible is quoted more often than any other piece of literature in history and has had more influence on our language, culture, and laws than any other book or idea ever published. A recent book by the linguist David Crystal, appropriately called Begat: The King James Bible and the English language,...
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