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Does your congregation consider the Bible to be the literal and inerrant word of God? (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset, 2012)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


View of the Bible (2012)

[Results weighted by WTA3CNGD]

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Demographic Patterns


View of the Bible (Demographic Patterns)

 

View of the Bible by Political Ideology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
90.5%
617
76.8%
298
61.2%
71

28
83.1%
986
No
9.5%
65
23.2%
90
38.8%
45

4
16.9%
200
Missing
20
43
31
0
94
TOTAL
100.0%
682
100.0%
388
100.0%
116

32

1186


 


View of the Bible by Region (2012)


NortheastMidwestSouthWestTOTAL
Yes
73.4%
105
73.0%
205
92.2%
587
75.0%
117
83.3%
1014
No
26.6%
38
27.0%
76
7.8%
50
25.0%
39
16.7%
203
Missing
18
24
40
32
114
TOTAL
100.0%
143
100.0%
281
100.0%
637
100.0%
156

1217


 


View of the Bible by Religious Tradition (2012)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
59.7%
43
96.8%
582
97.5%
273
44.6%
116
0.0%
0
83.3%
1014
No
40.3%
29
3.2%
19
2.5%
7
55.4%
144
100.0%
5
16.7%
204
Missing
1
13
4
11
84
113
TOTAL
100.0%
72
100.0%
601
100.0%
280
100.0%
260
100.0%
5

1218


 


View of the Bible by Size of Congregation (2012)


50 or less51-100101-250251-1,000More than 1,000TOTAL
Yes
91.2%
467
83.9%
245
75.5%
197
69.6%
87
65.5%
19
83.3%
1015
No
8.8%
45
16.1%
47
24.5%
64
30.4%
38
34.5%
10
16.7%
204
Missing
57
29
12
12
4
114
TOTAL
100.0%
512
100.0%
292
100.0%
261
100.0%
125
100.0%
29

1219


 


View of the Bible by Theology (2012)


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes
93.4%
723
71.9%
218
41.9%
49

24
82.9%
990
No
6.6%
51
28.1%
85
58.1%
68

0
17.1%
204
Missing
47
23
43
0
113
TOTAL
100.0%
774
100.0%
303
100.0%
117

24

1194


 


View of the Bible by Year of Survey


19982006-20072012TOTAL
Yes
76.1%
880
82.6%
1183
83.3%
1014
80.8%
3077
No
23.9%
276
17.4%
250
16.7%
204
19.2%
730
Missing
78
73
113
264
TOTAL
100.0%
1156
100.0%
1433
100.0%
1218

3807



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations.



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