Amanda Hancox

Series Producer, Factual and Music Radio
BBC Religion and Ethics, Salford

Bible literacy and factual programmes


I am going to talk to you about should not be interpreted as BBC policy but more my personal perspective from my practical experience of having worked for over 25 years in religious broadcasting. 

Professor James Crossley

Introduction to the Biblical Literacy Project

Delivered in London in June 2014

Conference Notes (1)

In the introduction to the London (June 2014) conference Professor James Crossley (JC) gave a straightforward yet helpful introduction to some of the key areas referring to the term “biblical literacy”.


In the opening video (sound quality is not consistent but the gist is there/nor are there any visuals in this direct/single camera feed) JC offers various definitions of what it meant by biblical literacy.

Conference Approaches

Does the Bible Have a Future?

Academics, broadcasters and Christians gather for Symposium in East London


A National Symposium which will look at how the bible has coped and will cope in the future as British culture continues to change is to be held on Wednesday 4 June in East London. It will take place at St Bartholomew's Centre, East Ham.

What future for the books of the bible?

This day conference has been organised to address the perceived dwindling levels of biblical literacy in 21st century Britain. If the characters, storylines and central themes of the Old and New Testaments are no longer widely known, what impact will this have on the cultural landscape of an increasingly pluralist society?


In 2010 a Bible Society Questionnaire revealed that few people really knew the basics of what the books of the bible contained and what their message was for today. This pretty grim picture has been challenged as recently as the summer of 2013 when the Barna Group conducted a survey in the United States of 1075 adults and found that 20 read the Bible.