SA Biblical literacy survey results to be released in January

Dr Reuben van Rensburg, principal of SATS.

An online Biblical Literacy survey of South African Christians which was started in mid-August has been completed and the results will be released at a public launch in Johannesburg on January 30, says the South African Theological Seminary (SATS).

“Well over 5 000 people” participated in the survey, providing “a good cross-sectional representation” says SATS principal, Dr Reuben van Rensburg, in an invitation to Gateway News to attend the public launch.

He says a team of experts is analysing the responses which will be published in a book which will be released from January 30. In an email to Gateway News he says the book will also be available to everybody as a free download.

SATS Projects Director Jenny Mason says anyone wishing to attend the public launch at 18h30 on January 30 is welcome to email her at to book their place. There is no charge but because seating is limited they will need to book, she says.

Prior to conducting the survey SATS said it was embarking on the study because it is “deeply concerned about the state Biblical literacy in our country”.

The survey probed three issues:
• How and to what extent do South African Christians read or study the Bible?
• To what extent do they believe the content of the Bible?
• To what extent do they apply the Bible?

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