Origin of the Coined Phrase "The Bible Belt"

""The Bible Belt" refers to those southern states with a large Protestant, church-attending population.

But it was a phrase coined in a highly dramatic setting!

In 1925, during the controversial Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee, a well-known journalist and satirist, H.L. Mencken, first used the phrase “Bible Belt," albeit in an intentionally derogatory way.

"The Bible Belt" is still home to the most “Bible-minded” cities in America, according to a 2016 American Bible Society study.

Chattanooga, Tenneessee took the most “Bible-minded” city title this year, with Birmingham, Alabama, a close second.

These are cities with a high concentration of people who read the Bible on a regular basis.

The American Bible Society is also offering a new app called “BibleMinded” in order to increase engagement in communities around the United States.

Engage with the Bible—discover its impact!"


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