I lament biblical illiteracy as much as anyone, but I think surveys sometimes load the dice against scripture when illustrating the public's unfamiliarity with the Bible. A recent example was noted by the American Bible Society as it released The Freedom Bible in connection with the 9/ll anniversary.
September 7, 2011

Reflecting on the Benedictus gives us an opportunity to reflect on the place of memorization and repetition in our formation as people who read the Bible as if our lives depended on it. Ellen Davis calls reading the Bible as if our lives depended on it confessional reading. She does not mean reading the Bible in light of a denominational confession. She means reading the Bible as an "indispensible word."
November 15, 2010