Tendency to Interpret Bible Literally, Word for Word Decreasing; 75% of Americans Still Believe Bible Is ‘Word of God’

June 6, 2014 2:04 PM

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According to a recent Gallup poll, 28% of Americans view the Bible as "the actual word of God, to be taken literally, word for word," down 2% from 2012 and almost 10% from the 1970's and early 1980's; yet 75% of all Americans "believe the Bible is in some way connected to God." This number correlates to Gallup's 2013 poll which found that 75% of the American population self-identifies as Protestant, Christian, or Catholic. An increasing number of Americans responded that the Bible "is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man:" 21%, up 4% from 2012. This number is at an all-time high, only matched by the same percentage in 2009 over the last 40 years.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 28% of Americans view the Bible as "the actual word of God, to be taken literally, word for word," down 2% from 2012 and almost 10% from the 1970's and early 1980's; yet 75% of all Americans "believe the Bible is in some way connected to God." This number correlat...

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