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San Francisco Is the Fourth Least "Bible-Minded" City in America

Scott Lucas | January 24, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Today's news in city rankings comes from the American Bible Society, which wants share the good news: San Francisco is the fourth least Bible-minded city in America. If you'd be willing to hold off on your regularly-scheduled Friday afternoon goat sacrifice to Baphomet for a minute, there are plenty of juicy details in the study.

The study, which was conducted by the American Bible Society, a religious organization that describes its goals as "[reaching] people in the United States and around the world who might otherwise not have access to a Bible," found that San Francisco was only slightly less Biblical than Providence, Rhode Island; Albany, New York; and Boston, Massachusetts. Just above us was Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The most Biblical cities in America? Chattanooga, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Roanoke, Virginia; Springfield, Missouri; and Shreveport, Louisiana.

The data come from a phone survey that asked respondents whether they had both read the Bible within the last week and agreed strongly with its accuracy. As SFist pointed out, the results seem a little skewed toward conservative Protestants. After all, Salt Lake City was ranked 87th out of 100, presumably since the survey organizers weren't counting the Book of Mormon. (It's also a good bet that the way the study excluded Catholics who don't have the same belief in inerrancy as some Protestants). It's also worth noting that the Bible-believing cities seem to speak with a drawl: Of the top ten most Bible-minded cities, all ten lie within the borders of the Confederacy. Of the bottom ten? Zero.

Worse—and it must be our lack of Biblically derived manners that drives us to mention this—but the most Biblical cities in America all kind of suck. Look at the data. Take Chattanooga: right now it's 29 degrees.

So don't talk to us about our souls. We're too busy gaining the world.

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