MORE AMERICANS BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS A BOOK OF FABLES THAN THE ACTUAL WORD OF GOD

According to Gallup research, 24% of Americans believe that the bible is the literal word of God. In contrast, 26% of Americans believe that the bible is a book of fables, allegories, legends and moral tales written by man.

This is the first time that biblical skepticism has surpassed biblical literalism in the four-decade history of Gallup’s study of this very question.

From the mid-1970’s to the mid-1980’s, 40% of all Americans believed that the bible was the literal word of God.

Since this time the number of self-identified Christians has begun to shrink. The second fastest-growing “religious” group in North America are the “nones”. Nones are comprised of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists and those with highly personalized views of God. As Gallup notes, those with higher education attainment were less likely to be biblical literalists.

In contrast, ss the west becomes more secular, Africa and parts of Asia are experiencing a religious boom.

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