3 in 10 Americans take the Bible literally

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    Oct 13, 2012 11:09 AM GMT
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/148427/say-bible-literally.aspx

    In U.S., 3 in 10 Say They Take the Bible LiterallyThree in 10 Americans interpret the Bible literally, saying it is the actual word of God. That is similar to what Gallup has measured over the last two decades, but down from the 1970s and 1980s. A 49% plurality of Americans say the Bible is the inspired word of God but that it should not be taken literally, consistently the most common view in Gallup's nearly 40-year history of this question. Another 17% consider the Bible an ancient book of stories recorded by man.


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    Oct 13, 2012 11:27 AM GMT
    Well, at least we have 7 out of 10 who don't interpret it literally.
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    Oct 13, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    Wow, 2001 was a game changer, and not in the right direction.icon_neutral.gif

    It's also noteworthy that the pie chart includes Mormons as Christians, even though they don't believe in the Holy Trinity. In fact, they believe Jesus was an alien from another planet, and his brother was the devil.icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 13, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Keep in mind that about 50% of the population has an IQ of under 100. And even at near 100 a person has other skills they can utilize to figure things out. Most of my family exhibits pretty high intelligence but I do have one cousin who tests at 100 yet enjoys tremendous social skills, much more so than her little sister who I think tests in the 130s. The big sister might not become a rocket scientist but she could be an extraordinary salesperson or customer service rep. She's not brilliant but she'll find her way.

    So the fundies captured only 30% of the total when 50% are under 100. They must not be marketing it right.

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    Also, I would imagine the "Inspired word of God" takes on very different meanings depending upon a person's age, background, education, IQ, amount of self-realization, level of consciousness, etc, and that it probably ranges anywhere from taking dictation (maybe the holy editors just got God's imagination and obviously wonderful sense of humor) to pantheistic notions of nature divine. I'm not even sure all that can be lumped into one category.

    And what do different people think of the "actual word". How often do people think something like: well, he said it, but he didn't really mean it. Or what of the people who supposedly take the bible literally but apply it only conveniently. Well, God really meant what he said about you enjoying your own sexuality, but he was just kidding when he said I can't eat bacon. So there's room to play there too.
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    Oct 13, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidWow, 2001 was a game changer, and not in the right direction


    Good eye on the trending view.

    2001 is coincidentally at about the time of the tech stock market crash. I might be reading more into it than there really is but it looks by this chart that there's another upswing 2006-2010, coincidentally, the housing crash.

    Could be their belief shifts from the almighty dollar to the Almighty? It would be interesting to see some stats on that.
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    Oct 15, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    I guess this means 3 in 10 still have very little education.
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    Oct 17, 2012 10:26 AM GMT
    Ideologically, the militant minorities, medieval morons, literalist loons, fundy freaks, etc. will pester the rational and sane demographic.

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