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‘Scripture engaged’ Americans gave $100B in 2021

The American Bible Society’s State of the Bible, released earlier this month, reports that more than $100 billion was given to charity by “scripture-engaged” Americans in 2021.

The report studied the charitable habits of Christians and the residents of America as a whole.  Charitable giving provided by the group the report called “scripture engaged Americans” constituted 44 percent of all donations provided to charity in 2021. On average, members of the cohort gave $2,941 to charity last year. Most of the donations they made went to their parish, church or temple.

The results were formulated on the basis of responses acquired from 2,598 adults in the United States. The scripture engagement metric was based in part on how frequently respondents read the Bible.

The Christian Post reports:

The American Bible Society released the eighth chapter of its annual “State of the Bible” report earlier this month, which focused on the charitable giving habits of Christians and the American people as a whole. The survey found that Scripture engaged Americans, those who score the highest on a scale measuring Scripture engagement based on responses to a series of questions examining the “frequency of Bible use and the impact and centrality of [its] message” on their lives, gave a total of $145 billion to charitable causes in 2021.


With Scripture engaged Americans’ average contributions to their place of worship measured at $2,124, other top recipients of charitable giving among this subgroup included national religious charities ($344), other religious organizations ($277) and local non-religious charities ($162).

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