The Bible is humanity’s most valuable book, survey shows

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18th November 2014 10:15 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

A recent survey by YouGov, has shown that both The Bible and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection are humanity’s most valuable books.

The survey asked 2,044 adults, in Britain, to vote for the book with most value to the world.

At the top of the rankings was The Bible with 37% of the votes, whilst On the Origin of Species gathered 35% of the votes.

The respondents were also asked why they made their decision. The Bible was voted for primarily because it gives guidance on how to be a good person. On the Origin of Species was voted for due to its attempt to answer the question of the origin of human existence.

The findings also showed the votes by gender. Of the men, 37% voted for Darwin to be most influential, closely followed by The Bible (36%). The women voted for The Bible (36%) at the top followed by Darwin second (33%).

10 most valuable books to humanity:

1) The Bible (37%)

2) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin (35%)

3) A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (17%)

4) Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein (15%)

5) Nineteen-Eighty-Four by George Orwell (14%)

6) Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton (12%)

7) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10%)

8) The Qur’an (9%)

9) An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (7%)

10) The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James Watson (6%)

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