The American Bible Society's recently released State of the Bible survey found that a strong majority of Americans think the Bible is available in all of the world's languages, despite the fact that 57 percent of world languages are still in need of completed Bible translations.
The State of the Bible survey, which was conducted by the Barna Group and surveyed 2,000 Americans, found that 72 percent of Americans believe the Gospel is available in all of the world's languages. However, the report states that only 43 percent of languages actually have Bible translations available.
Out of the world's 6,901 different languages, 1,859 (31 percent) languages don't have a Bible translation processes started. Meanwhile, the report states that 2,195 (26 percent) languages are in the process of having Scripture translated but do not yet have completed Scripture. more >>
"A.D. The Bible Continues" picked up with the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the second episode of the miniseries on Sunday night, and used the gospels of Matthew 28 and John 20 to continue to tell the story of mass confusion and conflict.
A confrontation between Pilate and Caiaphas, set while Caiaphas is bathing, shows the immense power dynamic between the two. Not to mention that all of the Roman authorities are panicked by the "loss" of Jesus' body, which they believe to be an open act of defiance. As the two men argue over what must be done to protect their honor and authority, Caiaphas' ultimate fear begins to show and is masterfully presented by actor Richard Coyle. He is not in fear of losing his position but more in fear of losing his life at the hands of Pilate, whom he convinced to have Jesus killed.
"We found nothing, and everything," the disciple John says before walking away from the empty tomb. more >>
NEW YORK — The Jewish actor portraying Peter, the disciple whom Jesus Christ described as the "rock" on which he would build his church, insists that Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new "A.D. The Bible Continues" series is not targeted only at Christian viewers.
"The words I use are faith, hope and love. It affects us all, so I don't think it matters what you are," Adam Levy told CP last week at the "A.D." premiere reception in New York City when asked if the series was primarily for Christians.
"At some point I will sit down with my children to watch it and I would say it's a universal story to be told to the world," he added. more >>
More Americans see the Bible as the infallible and inspired word of God with some symbolism, which should not be taken literally, according to the American Bible Society's State of the Bible 2015 report.
The report, which was produced by Barna Group for the American Bible Society in New York, examines issues such as: perceptions of the Bible; its penetration; Bible engagement; Bible literacy; moral decline and social impact; and level of giving to nonprofit organizations.
According to the report, in a nationwide telephone and online survey of American adults, some five different descriptions of the Bible were presented and "more adults believe it to be inspired (with some symbolism) than literal." more >>
For the first time ever, NBC is premiering digital talk show "Beyond A.D." to follow Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's television series "A.D. The Bible Continues" on Sunday, April 12.
Just one week after "A.D. – The Bible Continues" launched on Easter Sunday, the new digital talk show will be available starting at 9 a.m. ET. Hosted by Jason Kennedy of E! News, "Beyond A.D." is taped before a live audience at the Real Life Church in Southern California, and the talk show serves as a discussion platform for fans, cast, producers, and celebrity and musical guests.
Furthermore, the 30-minute series will be streamed online covering both historical and spiritual topics depicted in the broadcast. Adding to the reasons to tune into "Beyond A.D.," each episode will offer a sneak peek at upcoming "A.D. – The Bible Continues" episodes with preview clips shown. more >>
Attorneys for ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran say the city of Atlanta's request to have his discrimination lawsuit dismissed only proves their argument that Cochran was fired because city authorities do not agree with his Christian beliefs.
In a brief filed in federal court on Wednesday, the Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys said the city's motion to dismiss, which was filed in federal district court on March 25, "fails to make a persuasive argument for the court to dismiss Cochran's lawsuit."
Cochran, who served as fire chief for seven years, is suing the city, which he claims violated his constitutional rights when he was terminated in January for sharing his Christian faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees. more >>