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The Bible in American Life

Research Projects

The Bible in American Life

How do Americans use the Bible in their personal lives, and how do other influences, including religious communities and the internet, shape individuals’ comprehension of scripture? What is the Bible’s role outside of worship, in the lived religion of Americans, both now and in the past?

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture is pleased to announce that it has received an award from Lilly Endowment to study these and other questions about the role of Biblical scripture in American life.

The project will be divided into two main stages, the first of which will have both quantitative and qualitative components that will serve the second stage, a national conference to be held on the topic in 2014. The project will culminate with the publication of at least two books, one by the project’s principal investigators, and the second an edited volume of expanded papers presented at the conference.

2011 marked the 400th Anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. The Center is very excited to undertake this study of its influence, significance, and importance in American life and culture.