There’s been no shortage of concern over the lack of spirituality among America’s young people. It’s a reality on full display in the American Bible Society’s “State of the Bible 2023,” though researchers believe the most recent data wave shows a glimmer of hope and a window of opportunity.
The newly released fifth chapter of the “State of the Bible 2023” report reveals a steady decline among young people engaging with Scripture. Yet, there’s one statistic worth noting: 44% of Gen Z adults between the ages of 18-26 are either very or extremely curious about Jesus and/or the Bible.
Interestingly, there’s notable variation even among the subcohorts within the generation.
“The majority (56%) of younger Gen Z adults (ages 18–21) reported being curious about Jesus and/or the Bible, whereas only 34% of older Gen Z adults (ages 22–26) said so,” a press release noted. “These percentages are down from 2022 when around 77% of all Gen Z adults showed curiosity in Scripture.”