If you’ve tried reading a digital Bible, please read this! (@tim_hutchings)

What happens to the Bible when we read it on a screen instead of a page?



That’s the question I’m trying to answer in my research this year, and I’d like you to help me. Millions of people around the world now use mobile apps and websites to help them to read and understand the Bible, and I want to find out how that is changing our relationships with Scripture.

For the first part of my research, I’ve created a very quick survey. There are 10 questions, starting with questions about your Bible reading, then your church (if any), and finally some questions about you. This survey is anonymous and it should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

If you’ve tried using digital media to help you read the Bible, please fill this out – and encourage your friends to do the same.

At the end of the survey, the final question asks for your email address. That’s for the second part of my research. I’m going to analyse the survey results next month and then invite 30 of the respondents (some older, some younger, some from different churches, etc) to take part in interviews and group conversations to discuss some of the issues raised in more detail.

The whole research project finishes in June. I’ll be posting some of my findings here, and emailing a brief report to everyone who takes part.

Here’s a link to the survey. If you have 10 minutes to spare, please take a look!


Project details:

I’m conducting this research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Open University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project has been approved by the OU Human Research Ethics Board. If you have any questions, just ask them in the comments or email me at [email protected]

Thank you!

About Tim Hutchings

Tim works at CODEC, a research initiative for the study of Christian communication in the digital age at St John's College, Durham. He studies online churches, online evangelism and other online things, and can usually be found somewhere near the coffee machine. He likes cake, old science fiction book covers and kitschy religious knick-knacks.