U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Southern Baptist Attenders

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BIBLVIEW

Which statement comes closest to your view of the Bible?
  1) The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word.
  2) The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context.
  3) The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings.
  4) The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us.
  5) The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book.
  6) The Bible is an ancient book with little value today.
  7) Don't know

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word. 7955 70.3% 70.3% -.52
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context. 1856 16.4% 86.7% .56
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings. 1246 11% 97.7% 1.63
The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us. 121 1.1% 98.8% 2.71
The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book. 21 .2% 99% 3.79
The Bible is an ancient book with little value today. 5 0% 99% 4.87
Don't know 111 1% 100% 5.95

Variable Comparisons


Gender (I-GENDER)

Female Male TOTAL
The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word. 72.1%
4615
67.2%
2843
70.2%
7458
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context. 15.4%
986
18.7%
789
16.7%
1775
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings. 10.7%
687
11.4%
482
11.0%
1169
The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us. 0.9%
57
1.3%
56
1.1%
113
The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book. 0.0%
3
0.3%
11
0.1%
14
The Bible is an ancient book with little value today. 0.0%
1
0.0%
2
0.0%
3
Don't know 0.8%
52
1.1%
47
0.9%
99
TOTAL 100.0%
6401
100.0%
4230

10631


Household income (I-INCOME)

<=24K 25K-49K 50K-74K 75K-99K 100K+ TOTAL
The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word. 74.3%
1985
72.2%
2175
69.0%
1592
64.7%
676
60.7%
525
70.2%
6953
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context. 11.5%
307
15.5%
467
19.4%
447
21.9%
229
25.1%
217
16.8%
1667
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings. 11.1%
296
10.8%
324
10.1%
233
11.8%
123
11.9%
103
10.9%
1079
The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us. 1.4%
37
1.0%
29
0.8%
18
0.8%
8
1.4%
12
1.1%
104
The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book. 0.3%
7
0.0%
1
0.0%
1
0.3%
3
0.2%
2
0.1%
14
The Bible is an ancient book with little value today. 0.1%
2
0.1%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.1%
5
Don't know 1.5%
39
0.5%
15
0.7%
15
0.6%
6
0.6%
5
0.8%
80
TOTAL 100.0%
2673
100.0%
3013
100.0%
2306
100.0%
1045
100.0%
865

9902


Education (I-EDUC)

Less HS HS grad Trade/Asso Bachelors Grad degr TOTAL
The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word. 69.3%
1165
76.8%
3665
71.6%
1235
61.6%
1136
51.9%
456
70.2%
7657
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context. 14.1%
238
11.8%
562
14.5%
250
24.7%
456
34.4%
302
16.6%
1808
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings. 11.8%
198
9.6%
457
12.5%
216
11.9%
219
12.2%
107
11.0%
1197
The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us. 1.9%
32
0.9%
41
0.7%
12
1.2%
23
1.1%
10
1.1%
118
The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book. 0.4%
6
0.1%
6
0.1%
1
0.1%
2
0.1%
1
0.1%
16
The Bible is an ancient book with little value today. 0.2%
4
0.0%
1
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
5
Don't know 2.3%
39
0.8%
39
0.6%
11
0.4%
8
0.3%
3
0.9%
100
TOTAL 100.0%
1682
100.0%
4771
100.0%
1725
100.0%
1844
100.0%
879

10901


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Never Married Com Relat Sep/Div Widowed TOTAL
The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word. 58.7%
890
71.5%
5514
59.4%
101
70.4%
454
82.0%
758
70.4%
7717
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context. 20.2%
307
16.9%
1301
17.6%
30
14.0%
90
8.5%
79
16.5%
1807
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings. 15.6%
236
10.2%
785
15.9%
27
12.6%
81
8.2%
76
11.0%
1205
The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us. 1.8%
27
0.9%
69
2.9%
5
1.4%
9
0.8%
7
1.1%
117
The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book. 0.4%
6
0.1%
6
1.2%
2
0.2%
1
0.1%
1
0.1%
16
The Bible is an ancient book with little value today. 0.1%
1
0.0%
2
1.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
5
Don't know 3.3%
50
0.5%
35
1.8%
3
1.6%
10
0.3%
3
0.9%
101
TOTAL 100.0%
1517
100.0%
7712
100.0%
170
100.0%
645
100.0%
924

10968


Age (I-AGE)

<=24 25-44 45-54 55-64 65+ TOTAL
The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word for word. 56.0%
742
65.2%
2129
71.3%
1396
76.3%
1278
79.4%
2134
70.4%
7679
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context. 21.8%
289
19.9%
650
17.8%
348
13.7%
230
10.6%
286
16.5%
1803
The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the Church's teachings. 16.1%
213
12.7%
415
9.9%
193
8.5%
143
8.5%
229
10.9%
1193
The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us. 1.9%
25
1.1%
35
0.6%
11
1.0%
17
1.0%
27
1.1%
115
The Bible is not the word of God but is a valuable book. 0.3%
4
0.1%
4
0.3%
6
0.1%
1
0.0%
1
0.1%
16
The Bible is an ancient book with little value today. 0.2%
2
0.0%
0
0.1%
1
0.0%
0
0.1%
2
0.0%
5
Don't know 3.8%
51
1.0%
32
0.2%
4
0.3%
5
0.4%
10
0.9%
102
TOTAL 100.0%
1326
100.0%
3265
100.0%
1959
100.0%
1674
100.0%
2689

10913