A new study by the Barna Group found that nine percent of "practicing faith Christians" and Americans have read the bestselling controversial erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.
The Barna Group's survey of 1,075 American adults in January stated that "practicing faith Christians" were people who self-identified as Christian or Catholic, attended church in the previous month and said their faith is "very important."
The book, sometimes called "mommy porn," has been slammed by Christian leaders, but apparently that denunciation has had no effect on readers.
Sixteen percent of women have read the bestseller, which was more popular among older readers – one out of ten of both Busters (ages 29-47) and Boomers (ages 48-66) say they have read the book.
Additionally, 20 percent of Americans and 61 percent of evangelical Christians claim to have read the entire Bible. Surprisingly, 18 percent of people from a non-Christian faith have read the Bible completely, as have nine percent of agnostics/atheists.
"It is not a surprise that so many practicing Christians report reading their primary sacred text from front to back," said David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group.
"It is surprising that nearly a fifth of people who claim another faith than Christianity and nearly a tenth of people with no faith claim to have done the same. It suggests Christians should not assume non-Christians are categorically unfamiliar with their sacred scripture."