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Study: Denver one of least 'bible-minded' cities in US

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DENVER - The Bible is the focus of a new study that has people talking in both churches and secular communities along the Front Range.

Denver ranks as one of the least "Bible-minded" cities in the United States, according to a new study by the Barna Group.

"Bible-minded" means someone who reads the Bible in a typical week and believes the Bible strongly asserts it is accurate in the principles it teaches.

The survey says that's only 24 percent of the people here in Denver. Jason Testerman, an atheist, no longer believes the Bible is completely accurate.

"I'm actually the son of a minister," Testerman said. "I couldn't intellectually reconcile the problems that I had with the Christian faith, with what I had as reality. It took me on this journey of moving away from my faith."

Testerman works with a group called the Free Thought Exchange in Colorado. It is a group of atheists that goes into churches and connects with Christians in an open dialogue.

"We want to tear down misconceptions that people have about one another," he said.

Testerman has seen the new study, by the Barna Group, showing many "Bible-minded" cities are in the South. Many that are not "Bible-minded" are in the Northeast.

Denver is ranked 71 out of 96 U.S. cities.

"I think that pulling away from the Bible allows people to just open up their mind to having a better outlook and accepting of other worldviews," Testerman said.

Jim Misloski looks at the Bible much differently.

He serves as the State Director of Missions for Colorado Baptists in the Front Range and Eastern Colorado.

"The Bible is full of people that believe in God, and don't believe in God," Misloski said. "It's a story of a God, who made a beautiful world for us to live in. We broke it, and he's come to rescue us and is leading us into restoration."

He has a map full of places to plant new houses of worship along the Front Range, knowing the survey's results, as well.

"America is declining in terms of biblical literacy," Misloski said. "For people who value intellect, thought and reason, we have to humble ourselves to come to come to scripture because it's a humbling book. It's a humbling story."

There is no doubt the behavior and attitudes toward the Bible near Denver are quite different.

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