Mennonite Church Member Profile, 1989

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BIBMIRAC (Weighted by WTFACTOR)

The Bible tells of many miracles, some credited to Jesus and some to prophets and apostles. Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closest to what you believe about Biblical miracles?
  1) I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did.
  2) I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes.
  3) I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not.
  4) I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 2792 90.9% 90.9%
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 204 6.6% 97.5%
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 68 2.2% 99.7%
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 6 .2% 99.9%
Missing 17 % %

Variable Comparisons

Church (I-CHURCH)

MC GCMC MBC BCC EMC TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 90.3%
1250
86.7%
713
95.5%
534
96.8%
245
100.0%
50
91.0%
2792
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 7.4%
102
9.9%
81
2.7%
15
2.0%
5
0.0%
0
6.6%
203
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 2.2%
30
3.3%
27
1.4%
8
1.2%
3
0.0%
0
2.2%
68
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.2%
3
0.1%
1
0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.2%
6
Missing 9 5 2 1 0 17
TOTAL 100.0%
1385
100.0%
822
100.0%
559
100.0%
253
100.0%
50

3069


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 88.9%
1267
92.8%
1509

17
91.0%
2776
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 8.4%
119
5.0%
82

3
6.6%
201
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 2.5%
35
2.0%
33

0
2.2%
68
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.3%
4
0.1%
2

0
0.2%
6
Missing 5 11 0 16
TOTAL 100.0%
1425
100.0%
1626

20

3051


Age (I-AGE)

Under 30 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 64 65 & over Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 91.1%
501
89.1%
607
90.0%
469
91.1%
675
93.7%
524

16
91.0%
2776
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 5.8%
32
7.6%
52
7.7%
40
6.7%
50
4.8%
27

3
6.6%
201
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 2.7%
15
3.2%
22
2.3%
12
1.9%
14
0.9%
5

0
2.2%
68
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.4%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.3%
2
0.5%
3

0
0.2%
7
Missing 2 4 0 3 6 0 15
TOTAL 100.0%
550
100.0%
681
100.0%
521
100.0%
741
100.0%
559

19

3052


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Single Married Widowed Div./Sep. Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 90.2%
377
91.0%
2233
93.6%
132
88.7%
47

4
90.9%
2789
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 6.9%
29
6.7%
164
5.7%
8
5.7%
3

0
6.7%
204
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 2.9%
12
2.1%
52
0.7%
1
5.7%
3

0
2.2%
68
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.0%
0
0.2%
6
0.0%
0
0.0%
0

0
0.2%
6
Missing 5 8 2 1 0 16
TOTAL 100.0%
418
100.0%
2455
100.0%
141
100.0%
53

4

3067


Education (I-EDUCATN)

Lt HS grad H.S. grad Some coll. Coll. grad Grad schl Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 96.3%
676
94.3%
795
90.0%
505
87.7%
272
82.6%
532

13
90.8%
2780
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 3.0%
21
3.9%
33
7.1%
40
9.0%
28
12.7%
82

0
6.7%
204
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 0.3%
2
1.8%
15
2.9%
16
2.6%
8
4.3%
28

0
2.3%
69
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.6%
2
0.3%
2

0
0.2%
7
Missing 6 3 1 2 5 0 17
TOTAL 100.0%
702
100.0%
843
100.0%
561
100.0%
310
100.0%
644

13

3060


Place of residence (I-WHERLIVE)

U.S. Canada Other Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 91.7%
1909
89.6%
842
92.9%
13

28
91.0%
2764
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 6.4%
133
7.1%
67
0.0%
0

4
6.6%
200
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 1.8%
37
3.0%
28
7.1%
1

2
2.2%
66
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.1%
3
0.3%
3
0.0%
0

0
0.2%
6
Missing 11 6 0 0 17
TOTAL 100.0%
2082
100.0%
940
100.0%
14

34

3036


Nationality (I-NTNLTY)

Swiss/South German/Alsatian Dutch/North German/Prussian/Russian British Other Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 90.6%
1043
91.5%
1258
89.2%
107
89.4%
203

182
90.9%
2611
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 7.3%
84
5.7%
78
7.5%
9
8.8%
20

12
6.6%
191
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 1.9%
22
2.6%
36
3.3%
4
1.3%
3

3
2.3%
65
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.2%
2
0.2%
3
0.0%
0
0.4%
1

0
0.2%
6
Missing 4 6 2 1 0 13
TOTAL 100.0%
1151
100.0%
1375
100.0%
120
100.0%
227

197

2873


Household income (I-INCOME)

Lt 20K 20-29K 30-39K 40-49K 50K & up Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 94.7%
586
92.4%
668
89.0%
469
87.0%
348
87.4%
473

248
90.5%
2544
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 4.0%
25
6.1%
44
8.9%
47
9.8%
39
7.9%
43

7
7.0%
198
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 1.3%
8
1.1%
8
2.1%
11
2.8%
11
4.4%
24

5
2.2%
62
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.0%
0
0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.5%
2
0.2%
1

0
0.2%
6
Missing 7 4 2 0 2 0 15
TOTAL 100.0%
619
100.0%
723
100.0%
527
100.0%
400
100.0%
541

260

2810


Political party (I-POLPARTY)

Democrat Republican Independnt Missing TOTAL
I believe the miracles were supernatural acts of God which actually happened just as the Bible says they did. 80.4%
324
95.3%
1071
84.7%
61

1336
91.1%
1456
I believe the miracles happened, but most of them can be explained by natural causes. 14.6%
59
3.7%
42
11.1%
8

96
6.8%
109
I am not sure whether these miracles really happened or not. 4.5%
18
0.9%
10
4.2%
3

37
1.9%
31
I believe miracles are stories about events that never really happened. 0.5%
2
0.1%
1
0.0%
0

3
0.2%
3
Missing 0 7 0 0 7
TOTAL 100.0%
403
100.0%
1124
100.0%
72

1472

1599