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Friday, 19 May 2017 14:45

Gallup: Only 24% of Americans Believe Bible is Literal Word of God

Written by  Michael W. Chapman

(CNSNews.com) -- A new Gallup poll shows that only 24% of Americans believe the Bible is the "literal word" of God, which is a decline from the 1970s, but the survey also shows that the number of Americans who think the Bible is the "inspired word" of God, 47%, has stayed pretty steady over the last 40 years.

In addition, an overwhelming majority of Americans, 71%, believe the Bible is a holy document, inspired by God or containing God's own words.

"Fewer than one in four Americans (24%) now believe the Bible is 'the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,' similar to the 26% who view it as 'a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man,'" reported Gallup on May 15.

"This is the first time in Gallup's four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism," said the survey firm. "Meanwhile, about half of Americans -- a proportion largely unchanged over the years -- fall in the middle, saying the Bible is the inspired word of God but that not all of it should be taken literally."

The Gallup polll was conducted May 3 - 7, as part of the firm's annual Values and Beliefs poll.

Read more at CNSNews

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