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Does the respondent think that the Bible should be taken literally, taken as a religiously inspired book, a book of fables, or some other view of the Bible?

Below are 141 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR36249.9
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR13218.2
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God21028.9
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)20.3
8) Dont know172.3
9) Refused30.4
TOTAL726100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR56987.5
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR6510.0
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God20.3
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)81.2
8) Dont know50.8
9) Refused10.2
TOTAL650100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR19632.7
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR12120.2
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God16126.8
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)10.2
8) Dont know12020.0
9) Refused10.2
TOTAL600100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; the Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word for word; the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.1,13031.8
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word for word.1,67247.0
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.65318.3
4) Other521.5
8) Dont know361.0
9) No answer160.4
TOTAL3559100.0


Q20 from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q20 Which one statement comes closest to your personal beliefs about the Bible (Q20)
TOTAL%
1) It means exactly what it says/should be taken literally32719.4
2) It is perfectly true, should not be taken literally65038.6
3) The Bible contains some human error20612.2
4) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends39823.6
5) I dont know1036.1
TOTAL1684100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; the Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word for word; the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.1,58032.2
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word for word.2,19344.7
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.97920.0
4) Other751.5
8) Dont know491.0
9) No answer250.5
TOTAL4901100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 2002

Select from: a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally...; b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally ...; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, ... recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word39028.4
2) Inspired word72753.0
3) Ancient book19214.0
4) Other362.6
8) Dont know241.7
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1372100.0


BIBLE from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q18. Which one statement comes closest to your personal beliefs about the Bible? (Please mark only one box.) (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible means exactly what it says. It should be taken literally, word-for-word, on all subjects.35422.1
2) The Bible is perfectly true, but it should not be taken literally, word-for-word. We must interpret its meaning.56635.3
3) The Bible contains some human error.20012.5
4) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends.38424.0
5) I dont know986.1
Missing45 
TOTAL1,602100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR7,08664.3
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR2,52622.9
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God9328.5
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)820.7
8) Dont know3603.3
9) Refused420.4
TOTAL11028100.0


VCF0850 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? You can just give me the number of your choice. (see ARDA summary page for previous question wordings) (VCF0850)
TOTAL%
0) NA; form B (1990); short form or Spanish language questionnaire (1992)1,28510.5
1) The Bible is the actual Word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word4,08633.3
2) The Bible is the Word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word5,14841.9
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the Word of God1,49912.2
9) Other; DK2562.1
TOTAL12274100.0


VCF0845 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

Here are four statements about the Bible and Id like you to tell me which is closest to your own view. (STATEMENTS SHOWN TO R) (VCF0845)
TOTAL%
0) NA; no Post IW; abbrev. telephone IW (1984); form A (1990)2,03215.4
1) The Bible is Gods word and all it says is true5,48441.6
2) The Bible was written by men inspired by God but it contains some human errors.4,45633.8
3) The Bible is a good book because it was written by wise men, but God had nothing to do with it.6474.9
4) The Bible was written by men who lived so long ago that it is worth very little today.2211.7
9) DK; other3552.7
TOTAL13195100.0


BIBLVIEW from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Attenders

Which statement comes closest to your view of the Bible? (BIBLVIEW)
TOTAL%
1) Lit intrp32,84328.0
2) Cult intrp24,03820.5
3) Hist intrp49,68342.4
4) Contns wrd4,8554.1
5) Not word1,6031.4
6) Little val3350.3
7) Dont know3,8033.2
TOTAL117160100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 2004

Select from: a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally...; b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally ...; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, ... recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual45033.6
2) Inspired62746.8
3) Ancient Book21916.3
4) Other231.7
8) Dont know141.0
9) No answer70.5
TOTAL1340100.0


BIBLE from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

Which one of these three statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (83-10) (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK1,0015.5
1) The Bible is the actual word of God, and it should be taken literally, word for word6,40735.4
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but it was written by men and contains some human errors9,47652.3
3) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends; God had nothing to do with it1,2356.8
TOTAL18119100.0


BIBLEBEL from American National Election Studies, 2004

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? You can just give me the number of your choice. (BIBLEBEL)
TOTAL%
1) The bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.43535.9
2) The Bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.55746.0
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.18715.4
7) Other161.3
8) Dont know70.6
9) Refused100.8
TOTAL1212100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 2006

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? a. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; b. The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word1,01033.8
2) Inspired word1,36345.6
3) Ancient book49716.6
4) Other732.4
8) Dont know371.2
9) No answer120.4
TOTAL2992100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 2000

Select from: a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally...; b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally ...; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, ... recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word78333.6
2) Inspired word1,08446.5
3) Ancient book36115.5
4) Other231.0
8) Dont know713.0
9) No answer90.4
TOTAL2331100.0


TRERRORS from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

Based on your knowledge of the Bible, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible may contain historical or scientific errors (TRERRORS)
TOTAL%
1) True3,25158.0
2) False1,85133.0
3) Dont know/refused5018.9
TOTAL5603100.0


TRLITRLY from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

Based on your knowledge of the Bible, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- Everything in the Bible should be taken literally, word for word (TRLITRLY)
TOTAL%
1) True1,65729.6
2) False3,68665.8
3) Dont know/refused2604.6
TOTAL5603100.0


TRINSPRD from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

Based on your knowledge of the Bible, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible is the inspired word of God (TRINSPRD)
TOTAL%
1) True4,58781.9
2) False71412.7
3) Dont know/refused3025.4
TOTAL5603100.0


FEELBIBL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; or the Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word; or the Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. (FEELBIBL)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.1,60736.5
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything should be taken literally, word for word.1,77140.2
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.78217.7
4) Other641.5
9) Dont know/Refused1834.2
TOTAL4,407100.0


W10W1 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (W10W1)
TOTAL%
-7) No answer30.1
-6) Not asked, unit non-response34611.3
-2) Missing, see documentation642.1
-1) Inapplicable1,48748.8
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally.35611.7
2) The Bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.54517.9
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.2488.1
TOTAL3049100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR23639.3
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR22136.8
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God10016.7
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)61.0
8) Dont know284.7
9) Refused91.5
TOTAL600100.0


BIBLE from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word1,48535.5
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word1,93646.3
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God60614.5
4) Other691.7
5) Dont know/Refused832.0
TOTAL4,179100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR37052.9
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR21130.1
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God8412.0
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)50.7
8) Dont know294.1
9) Refused10.1
TOTAL700100.0


BIBLITRL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLITRL)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word1,04134.1
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word1,33443.7
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God48816.0
4) Other782.6
9) Dont Know/Refused1123.7
TOTAL3,053100.0


BIBLE1 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

[ASK ONLY IF DQFORM= 1 FORM 1] Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE1)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word29929.8
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word44344.2
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God19819.8
4) Other191.9
9) Dont know/Refused434.3
TOTAL1002100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1990

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally, b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word29932.2
2) Inspired word45549.0
3) Ancient book14015.1
4) Other70.8
8) Dont know192.0
9) No answer80.9
TOTAL928100.0


Q57 from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

Q57 [ASK IF CHRISTIAN] And would you say that the Bible is to be taken literally, word for word, OR not everything in the Bible should be taken literally, word for word? (Q57)
TOTAL%
1) Taken literally, word for word12,10875.8
2) Not everything should be taken literally, word for word3,26120.4
3) Other1230.8
8) Dont know4182.6
9) Refused630.4
Missing9,058 
TOTAL15,973100.0


BIBLE2 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2003

[ASK ONLY IF DQFORM= 2 FORM 2] Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE2)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God15215.2
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word47147.1
3) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word32932.9
4) Other222.2
9) Dont know/Refused272.7
TOTAL1001100.0


W2V1 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (W2V1)
TOTAL%
-7) No answer160.5
-6) Not asked, unit non-response1,49248.9
-2) Missing, see documentation782.6
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally40913.4
2) The Bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word72923.9
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God32510.7
TOTAL3049100.0


V083184 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

Please look at page 17 of the booklet. Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? You can just give me the number of your choice: 1. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; 2. The Bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word; 3. The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God (V083184)
TOTAL%
-9) Refused210.9
-8) Dont know231.0
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.1,01543.7
2) The Bible is the word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.92639.9
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.32313.9
7) Other (SPECIFY) [Vol.]150.6
TOTAL2323100.0


Q56 from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

Q56 [ASK IF CHRISTIAN] Which comes closest to your view? The Bible is the word of God, OR the Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God? (Q56)
TOTAL%
1) Word of God15,26395.6
2) Written by men, not the word of God5033.1
3) Other500.3
8) Dont know1320.8
9) Refused240.2
Missing9,058 
TOTAL15,972100.0


ARBL_3 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

Was your religious text fully inspired by God, partly inspired by God, or not inspired by God? (ARBL_3)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused512.0
-4) Dont know582.2
1) Fully inspired by God1,51958.3
2) Partly inspired by God74328.5
3) Not inspired by God2178.3
4) I have never heard of the religious text160.6
Missing5 
TOTAL2,604100.0


DETLIFE1 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

And just in your own words, what do you think determines whether a person will achieve eternal life? (Verbatim responses given) (Q56F1@) (DETLIFE1)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


Q37 from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

Which comes closest to your view? [Holy book: If Christian or no Q.16ion (Q.16=1-4, 9, 10, 12, 13 OR CHR=1) insert the Bible; If Jewish (Q.16=5), insert the Torah; If Muslim (Q.16=6), insert, the Koran; If other non-Christian affiliations (Q.16=7,8,14 OR (Q.16=11 AND CHR=2,9)), insert the Holy Scripture; IF DK/REF IN RELIGION (Q.16=99) AND CHR=2,9, insert the Bible] (Q37)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is the word of God22,24362.6
2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God9,96328.0
3) Other (Vol.)1,8875.3
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)1,4634.1
TOTAL35556100.0


Q38 from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

IF BELIEVE HOLY BOOK IS WORD OF GOD (Q.37=1), ASK: And would you say that . . . (Q38)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word11,14950.1
2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word9,84144.2
3) Other (Vol.)5822.6
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)6713.0
TOTAL22243100.0


DETLIFE2 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

Recode of responses to DETLIFE1 collapsed into common themes (Q56REC) (DETLIFE2)
TOTAL%
10) ACTIONS - being a good person/living a good life/doing good works/morals/moral values/how you live your life23516.3
11) ACTIONS - behaving like Jesus/living a good Christian life90.6
12) ACTIONS - following Ten Commandments70.5
13) ACTIONS - treating others nicely/as youd like to be treated433.0
14) ACTIONS - living life in accordance with ones own principles/being true to oneself80.6
15) ACTIONS - living life in accordance with Gods commands/in accordance with Gods will/in accordance with the Bible201.4
18) ACTIONS - generic actions/other actions191.3
19) ACTIONS - combination of actions704.9
30) BELIEF - in God, generic/higher power/relationship with God1047.2
31) BELIEF - in Jesus/the Lord/relationship with Jesus/accepting Jesus/Jesus mercy/being born again/being saved24416.9
32) BELIEF - in the Bible20.1
38) BELIEF - having faith/generic beliefs (including truth as one defines it)/other beliefs815.6
39) BELIEF - combination of beliefs60.4
41) COMBINATION BELIEFS AND ACTIONS - belief in God (generic)/Gods mercy AND actions503.5
42) COMBINATION BELIEFS AND ACTIONS - belief in Jesus/the Lord/Jesus mercy AND actions433.0
43) COMBINATION BELIEFS AND ACTIONS - belief in Bible AND actions10.1
44) COMBINATION BELIEFS AND ACTIONS - faithfulness to belief (generic)/ones own beliefs AND actions473.3
61) OTHER - Karma40.3
62) OTHER - Intentions (e.g., having a good heart)/combination of intentions and actions or beliefs110.8
63) OTHER - Its up to God/Gods mercy/Gods grace141.0
64) OTHER - All others866.0
95) Everyone/nearly everyone achieves eternal life322.2
96) Nothing determines eternal life/achievement or failure to achieve is inevitable60.4
98) Dont believe in eternal life1047.2
99) Dont know/Refused19613.6
Missing1,465 
TOTAL1,442100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1996

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally, b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word59230.2
2) Inspired word97049.5
3) Ancient book33417.0
4) Other120.6
8) Dont know402.0
9) No answer120.6
TOTAL1960100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1991

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? Select from: a. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word...; b. The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word...; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men. (BIBLE) (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word35534.7
2) Inspired word48847.7
3) Ancient book15114.7
4) Other (volunteered)80.8
8) Dont know181.8
9) No answer40.4
TOTAL1024100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1988

Select from: a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally...; b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally ...; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, ... recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word50534.1
2) Inspired word69647.0
3) Ancient book23916.1
4) Other100.7
8) Dont know281.9
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1481100.0


BIBLE from Politics of Character Survey, 2000

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the inspired Word of God, not mistaken in its statements and teaching, and is to be taken literally, word for word.33628.5
2) The Bible is the inspired work of God, not mistaken in its teachings, but is not always to be taken literal, word for word.38332.5
3) The Bible becomes the Word of God for a person who reads it in faith.23419.9
4) The Bible is an ancient book of legends, history and moral precepts recorded by men.20517.4
5) None of these [VOL]191.6
TOTAL1177100.0


BIBLE from ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God to be taken literally, word for word,37543.5
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God -- not everything should be taken word for word, or38244.3
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and more perceptions recorded by men.10612.3
Missing33 
TOTAL863100.0


Q37 from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

Which comes closest to your view? [Holy book: If Christian or no Q.16ion (Q.16=1-4, 9, 10, 12, 13 OR CHR=1) insert the Bible; If Jewish (Q.16=5), insert the Torah; If Muslim (Q.16=6), insert, the Koran; If other non-Christian affiliations (Q.16=7,8,14 OR (Q.16=11 AND CHR=2,9)), insert the Holy Scripture; IF DK/REF IN RELIGION (Q.16=99) AND CHR=2,9, insert the Bible] (Q37)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is the word of God21653.9
2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God14435.9
3) Other (Vol.)276.7
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)143.5
TOTAL401100.0


BIBLE1 from General Social Survey, 1991

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible: (BIBLE1)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and it is to be taken literally, word for word.43031.6
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word for word.63947.0
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.18813.8
4) This does not apply to me.272.0
8) Cant choose503.7
9) No answer251.8
TOTAL1359100.0


QN28 from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

28. [If Christian, unaffiliated, or dont know/refused, The Bible is used. If Jewish, The Hebrew Scriptures is used. If Muslim, The Koran is used. If other faith, The Holy Scripture is used.] Which comes closest to your view? (QN28)
TOTAL%
1) (BOOK) the word of God2,15063.0
2) (BOOK) written by men and not the word of God1,03430.3
3) Other912.7
8) Dont know1143.3
9) Refused230.7
TOTAL3412100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR53253.3
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR40340.3
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God494.9
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)20.2
8) Dont know131.3
9) Refused00.0
TOTAL999100.0


QN29 from U.S. Religious Knowledge Study, 2010

29. And would you say that...? (QN29)
TOTAL%
1) (BOOK) to be taken literally, word for word1,08450.4
2) Not everything in (BOOK) should be taken literally95644.5
3) Other311.4
8) Dont know663.1
9) Refused130.6
TOTAL2150100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR47559.4
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR20625.8
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God526.5
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)50.6
8) Dont know577.1
9) Refused50.6
TOTAL800100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR26035.2
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR30240.9
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God13918.8
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)182.4
8) Dont know141.9
9) Refused60.8
TOTAL739100.0


Q38 from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

IF BELIEVE HOLY BOOK IS WORD OF GOD (Q.37=1), ASK: And would you say that . . . (Q38)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word9443.5
2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word11151.4
3) Other (Vol.)62.8
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)52.3
TOTAL216100.0


BIBLE from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the inspired Word of God, not mistaken in its statements and teaching, and is to be taken literally, word for word.65433.5
2) The Bible is the inspired work of God, not mistaken in its teachings, but is not always to be taken literally, word for word.63932.7
3) The Bible becomes the Word of God for a person who reads it in faith38719.8
4) The Bible is an ancient book of legends, history and moral precepts recorded by men.24312.4
5) None of these321.6
TOTAL1955100.0


LITERL_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

If HBOOK_A = 1: And would you say that... [Note: See answer to HTEXT_A for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q187) (LITERL_A)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word2,95148.5
2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word2,81646.3
3) Other (VOL.)931.5
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.)2273.7
Missing11,570 
TOTAL6,087100.0


TRFARULE from Economic Values Survey, 1992

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible is a detailed book of rules that Christians should try to follow. (TRFARULE)
TOTAL%
1) True3,48569.4
2) False98819.7
3) Dont know54510.9
TOTAL5,018100.0


LITERAL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

ASK IF BELIEVE HOLY BOOK IS WORD OF GOD: And would you say that [holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word, or not everything in [holy book] should be taken literally, word for word? (LITERAL)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word3,75950.7
2) Not everything in [holy book] should be taken literally, word for word3,26244.0
3) Other (Vol.)1131.5
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)2733.7
Missing3,533 
TOTAL7,407100.0


HOLYBOOK from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2010

Which comes closest to your view? [Holy book: If Christian or no religion (RELIG = 1-4, 9, 10, 12, 13 OR CHR=1) insert the Bible; If Jewish (RELIG =5), insert the Torah; If Muslim (RELIG=6), insert, the Koran; If other non-Christian affiliations (RELIG=99) AND CHR=2,9, insert the Bible] is the word of God, or [holy book] is written by men and is not the word of God? (HOLYBOOK)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is the word of God7,40767.7
2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God2,56323.4
3) Other (Vol.)2772.5
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)6936.3
TOTAL10,940100.0


V146 from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity

Which of these three statements comes closest to describing your views regarding the Bible? (V146)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the literal word of God.67432.4
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally.1,09352.5
3) The Bible is a wise book, but God had nothing to do with it.26212.6
8) Dont know180.9
9) Refused341.6
TOTAL2,081100.0


HBOOK_A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

Which comes closest to your view? [Note: See answer to HTEXT_A for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q186) (HBOOK_A)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is the word of God6,08769.0
2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God1,97922.4
3) Other (VOL.)3183.6
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.)4445.0
Missing8,829 
TOTAL8,828100.0


TRFALITR from Economic Values Survey, 1992

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- Everything in the Bible should be taken literally, word for word. (TRFALITR)
TOTAL%
1) True1,42828.5
2) False3,14962.8
3) Dont know4418.8
TOTAL5,018100.0


TRFAINSP from Economic Values Survey, 1992

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible is the inspired word of God. (TRFAINSP)
TOTAL%
1) True3,91678.0
2) False66713.3
3) Dont know4368.7
TOTAL5,019100.0


LITERL_B from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

If HBOOK_B = 1: And would you say that... [Note: See answer to HTEXT_B for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q287) (LITERL_B)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is to be taken literally, word for word,3,10850.8
2) Not everything in [Holy book] should be taken literally, word for word2,67743.7
3) Other (VOL.)941.5
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.)2403.9
Missing11,539 
TOTAL6,119100.0


TRFAEROR from Economic Values Survey, 1992

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible may contain historical or scientific errors. (TRFAEROR)
TOTAL%
1) True3,05360.8
2) False1,36627.2
3) Dont know60012.0
TOTAL5,019100.0


FEELBIB from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? 1. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word; 2. The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word; or 3. The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God. (FEELBIB)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.70034.9
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.86343.1
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.36218.1
4) Other (if volunteered)331.6
9) Dont know/Refused (if volunteered)452.2
TOTAL2,003100.0


BIBLE from Life Choices, 1990

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally88440.7
2) The Bible is the inspired work of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.90541.6
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by men.31414.4
4) None of these713.3
TOTAL2174100.0


HBOOK_B from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2009

Which comes closest to your view? [Note: See answer to HTEXT_B for the name of the holy book inserted below.] (Q286) (HBOOK_B)
TOTAL%
1) [Holy book] is the word of God6,11869.3
2) [Holy book] is a book written by men and is not the word of God2,05623.3
3) Other (VOL.)2502.8
9) Dont know/Refused (VOL.)4044.6
Missing8,829 
TOTAL8,828100.0


BIBLE1 from General Social Survey, 1998

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible: 1) the bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally...; 2) the Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally...; 3) the Bible is an ancient book of fables...recorded by man. (BIBLE1)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and it is to be taken literally, word for word35827.9
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything should be taken literally, word for word58545.6
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral20716.1
4) Dont know403.1
8) Cant choose564.4
9) No answer383.0
TOTAL1284100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1998

Select from: a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally...; b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally ...; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, ... recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word72430.6
2) Inspired word1,16449.1
3) Ancient book38316.2
4) Other251.1
8) Dont know592.5
9) No answer140.6
TOTAL2369100.0


FEELBBL from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2001

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (FEELBBL)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.1,70136.3
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.2,01943.1
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.63413.5
4) Other1413.0
9) Dont know/Refused1884.0
TOTAL4,683100.0


BIBLE from America's Evangelicals

(ASK IF NOT OTHER RELIGION NOT CHRISTIAN AND NOT NO PREFERENCE/ATHEIST/AGNOSTIC IN RELIG1A) I am going to read you a short list of statements. Please tell me which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the (INSERT NAME OF HOLY BOOK -- Bible for Protestants,Roman Catholics, Mormons,Orthodox Church, and Other Christians; Koran for Muslims; and Torah for Jews)? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) (Holy book) is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.72845.2
2) (Holy book) is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.63839.6
3) (Holy book) is a book written by men and is not the word of God.1609.9
4) Other (SPECIFY) (VOL)402.5
5) Dont know/Refused442.7
TOTAL1610100.0


QN50 from Changing Faiths: Latinos and the Transformation of American Religion

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (QN50)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word2,15853.7
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word1,12928.1
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God47011.7
7) Other401.0
8) Dont know1594.0
9) Refused601.5
TOTAL4016100.0


I-TRFAINSP from Economic Values Survey, 1992

RECODED FOR USE WITH ON-LINE ANALYSIS In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible is the inspired word of God. (I-TRFAINSP)
TOTAL%
1) Inspired3,91678.0
2) Not inspr66713.3
3) Dont know4368.7
TOTAL5,019100.0


BIBLE from News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.90833.7
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.1,10040.8
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.50318.7
4) Other732.7
9) Dont know/Refused1114.1
TOTAL2,695100.0


BIBLE from Religion and America's Role in the World

Skip if respondent answered other religion- not Christian, no preference/Atheist/Agnostic, or dont know/refused in RELIG1A: I am going to read you a short list of statements. Please tell me which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the (if Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, or other Christian in variable RELIG1A, insert the Bible; if Muslim/Islam, insert the Koran; if Jewish, insert the Torah; if Morman, insert the Book of Mormon; if other non-Christian religion, no preference, or dont know refused then insert a religious or holy book): (book) is the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word; (book) is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word; (book) is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word; (book) is a book written by men and is not the word of God. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) (book) is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.50143.1
2) (book) is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.52945.5
3) (book) is a book written by men and is not the word of God887.6
4) Other50.4
5) Dont know/refused393.4
TOTAL1162100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR77877.4
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR14314.2
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God494.9
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)151.5
8) Dont know151.5
9) Refused50.5
TOTAL1,005100.0


SCRIPTUR from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

Which one of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about ____ [IF CHRISTIAN: the Bible] [IF MUSLIM: the Koran] [ELSE: sacred scriptures]? (SCRIPTUR)
TOTAL%
1) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is][IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the actual word of God and [IS/ARE] to be taken literally, word for word, OR52580.3
2) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] the word of God, but not everything in [IT/THEM] should be taken literally, word for word, OR11717.9
3) [IF CHRISTIAN: The Bible is] [IF MUSLIM: The Koran is] [ELSE: Sacred scriptures are] written by men and [IS/ARE] not the word of God30.5
4) Other (VOLUNTEERED THIS RESPONSE)00.0
8) Dont know81.2
9) Refused10.2
TOTAL654100.0


BIBLE2 from News Interest Index, March 2004

[ASK ONLY IF FORM= 2] Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE2)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.19111.6
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.71243.3
3) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.64038.9
4) Other191.2
9) Dont know/Refused835.0
Missing1,645 
TOTAL1,645100.0


BIBLE1 from News Interest Index, March 2004

[ASK ONLY IF FORM= 1] Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE1)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.66140.2
2) The Bible is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.67340.9
3) The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.23114.0
4) Other221.3
9) Dont know/Refused583.5
Missing1,645 
TOTAL1,645100.0


BIBLE from Houston Area Survey, 2010

Which one of these three statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK668.8
1) The Bible is the actual word of God, and it should be taken literally, word for word26435.2
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but it was written by men and contains some human errors35947.9
3) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends; God had nothing to do with it618.1
TOTAL750100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 2004

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Every word of the Bible is true. Do you: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly Disagree478.6
2) Disagree8715.8
3) Neutral9417.1
4) Agree13324.2
5) Strongly Agree18834.2
TOTAL549100.0


BIBLE from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

Now we have some questions about religious beliefs some people may hold. Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word25439.0
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word28043.0
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men9714.9
4) Dont know/No answer203.1
TOTAL651100.0


BIBLVIEW from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks

[If BIBLE=1] Im going to read you three views about the Bible. Please tell me which one best reflects your own view: (BIBLVIEW)
TOTAL%
0) Refused30.2
1) The first: the Bible is true in all ways, and to be read literally word for word64139.6
2) The second: the Bible is true in all ways, but not always to be read literally58636.2
3) The third: the Bible is a moral guide, but should not be read literally, and may contain some errors about non-religious matters38023.5
99) Dont know80.5
Missing943 
TOTAL1,618100.0


BIBLE from Faith and Family in America, 2005

(IF PROTESTANT/CATHOLIC/MUSLIM/JEWISH/MORMON/OTHER CHRISTIAN OR ORTHODOX) I am going to read you a short list of statements. Please tell me which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the (holy book). (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) (Holy book) is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word36941.3
2) (Holy book) is the word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word41146.0
3) (Holy book) is a book written by men and is not the word of God788.7
4) Other60.7
5) Dont know/refused293.2
TOTAL893100.0


BIBLE from Lilly Survey of Attitudes and Social Networks

Do you think that the Bible is the inspired word of God, or not? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
0) Refused50.3
1) Yes, inspired1,61788.8
2) No, not inspired1337.3
99) Dont know653.6
Missing741 
TOTAL1,820100.0


BIBLE6 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible is a detailed book of rules that Christians should try to follow. (BIBLE6)
TOTAL%
1) True69167.7
2) False26325.8
3) Dont know/Refused666.5
TOTAL1,020100.0


BIBLE3 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible may contain historical or scientific errors. (BIBLE3)
TOTAL%
1) True53051.9
2) False37536.7
3) Dont know/Refused11611.4
TOTAL1,021100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1994

Select from: a. Bible is actual word of God and is to be taken literally. . . ; b. Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally . . . ; c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, . . . Recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word61631.2
2) Inspired word1,00250.7
3) Ancient book29214.8
4) Other180.9
8) Dont know341.7
9) No answer150.8
TOTAL1977100.0


BIBLE2 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- Everything in the Bible should be taken literally, word for word. (BIBLE2)
TOTAL%
1) True38938.2
2) False55554.5
3) Dont know/Refused757.4
TOTAL1,019100.0


BIBLE1 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? -- The Bible is the inspired word of God. (BIBLE1)
TOTAL%
1) True88887.1
2) False777.5
3) Dont know/Refused555.4
TOTAL1,020100.0


BIBLE from Survey of Religion and Community Life in Indianapolis, 1999

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? Would you say: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Bible is the Word of God, to be taken literally.30537.8
2) Bible is the Word of God, but not to be taken literally.32540.3
3) Bible is legends, history and teachings.16019.9
7) Other101.2
8) Dont know40.5
9) Refused20.2
TOTAL806100.0


BIBLE from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996

[ASKED OF GROUP 1 AND GROUP 2] Do you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God or not?/ Im going to read you three views about the Bible [READ LIST] 1. The first is: the Bible is true in all ways, and to be read literally, word for word. 2. The second is: the Bible is true in all ways, but not always to be read literally. 3. The third is: the Bible is true primarily about religious matters, but may contain errors about other things. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) True/literal97943.3
2) True/Not literal93241.2
3) True w/Errors1918.4
4) Not inspired673.0
5) DK662.9
6) Refused281.2
TOTAL2263100.0


BIBLE from Winthrop University Student Religion Survey, 1996

What about the nature of the Bible? Which of the following statements comes closest to your beliefs about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the word of God and it means what it says. It should be taken literally, word-for-word, on all subjects.6823.2
2) The Bible is the word of God and is perfectly true, but is should not be taken literally, word-for-word. We must interpret its meaning.11338.6
3) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but it was written by men and contains some human errors.7224.6
4) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends. God had nothing to do with it.227.5
9) I am unsure on this.186.1
TOTAL293100.0


BIBLE from Williamsburg Charter Survey On Religion and Public Life, 1987

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED TO HAVING A PROTESTANT DENOMINATION: Do you believe Bible is literally true, word for word? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
0) Not applicable1,57547.0
1) Yes82124.5
2) Mostly2056.1
3) No61718.4
8) Dont know1323.9
TOTAL3350100.0


INSPIRED from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996

[ASKED OF GROUP 1 AND GROUP 2] Do you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, or not? (INSPIRED)
TOTAL%
1) Inspired2,15195.1
2) Not Inspired673.0
3) DK361.6
4) Refused90.4
TOTAL2263100.0


STORIES from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1988

Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - The stories in the Bible about Christ healing sick and lame persons by his touch are fictitious and mythical. (STORIES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2930.2
2) Disagree3132.3
3) Undecided2222.9
4) Agree77.3
5) Strongly Agree77.3
TOTAL96100.0


BIBLE from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1988

Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - The Bible is the word of God. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1313.5
2) Disagree1111.5
3) Undecided2222.9
4) Agree2324.0
5) Strongly Agree2728.1
TOTAL96100.0


YBIBLE from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Youth Component

Which of these statements is closest to your view of the Bible? (YBIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) I dont know what the Bible is.1932.4
2) I dont think God had much to do with whats in the Bible - the Bible is just a lot of stories that people made up.3874.9
3) I believe God guided the people who wrote the Bible, but I dont think every word came from God.3,30841.8
4) I believe every word of the Bible is exactly what God wanted put in it.4,03150.9
TOTAL7919100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1999

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is an ancient book of stories, legend, history, and moral principles6115.3
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word16741.8
3) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word15137.8
8) Dont know/not sure215.3
TOTAL400100.0


BIBLE from General Social Survey, 1993

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? a. The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. b. The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word . c. The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by men. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Actual word35633.0
2) Inspired word52448.5
3) Ancient book16315.1
4) Other90.8
8) Dont know222.0
9) No answer60.6
TOTAL1080100.0


BIBLIT from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988

Here are some more questions about religion. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statements. If unsure, all things considered, do you tend to agree or disagree with -- The bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word. (BIBLIT)
TOTAL%
1) Agree1,10243.5
2) Disagree1,43056.5
TOTAL2532100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study (Autumn), 1981

Do you believe that every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18666.4
2) No5318.9
3) Not sure4114.6
TOTAL280100.0


BIBLE from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1986

Which one of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and it should be taken literally, word-for-word.8428.0
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but it was written by men and contains some human errors.19264.0
3) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends; God had nothing to do with it.175.7
9) Dont know, no answer72.3
TOTAL300100.0


TRUST from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Which of these two comes closest to your own view? (TRUST)
TOTAL%
1) I mostly trust the Bible for spiritual guidance.1,40648.3
2) I mostly trust my own personal experience for spiritual guidance.1,35246.5
3) Other1123.8
4) Donít know341.2
5) Refused60.2
TOTAL2,910100.0


GODTRUTH from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Which of these two statements comes closest to your own view? (GODTRUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Godís truth is fully revealed only in the Bible.51117.6
2) Godís truth is revealed in many ways, such as history, culture, nature and tradition.2,30079.1
3) Other592.0
4) Donít know311.1
5) Refused80.3
TOTAL2,909100.0


BIBLE from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Which of these statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally.1,12638.7
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally.1,24442.8
3) The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by humans.47716.4
4) None/Other240.8
5) Donít know361.2
6) Refused20.1
TOTAL2,909100.0


GODSWORD from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

Do you think Godís word is revealed in any other writings besides the Bible, such as the sacred texts used by Muslims or Hindus? (GODSWORD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1,32545.5
2) No1,04135.8
3) Donít know52718.1
4) Refused170.6
TOTAL2,910100.0


STORIES from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1986

Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - The stories in the Bible about Christ healing sick and lame persons by his touch are fictitious and mythical. (STORIES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree3839.6
2) Disagree3031.3
3) Undecided1414.6
4) Agree66.3
5) Strongly Agree88.3
TOTAL96100.0


BIBLE from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1986

Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement - The Bible is the word of God. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1111.5
2) Disagree1010.4
3) Undecided1212.5
4) Agree3233.3
5) Strongly Agree3132.3
TOTAL96100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1982

Do you believe that every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) No8932.1
2) Yes14853.4
3) Not sure4014.4
TOTAL277100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1994

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word22138.8
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word25945.4
3) The Bible is an ancient book of stories, legends, history and moral principles7212.6
4) Dont know183.2
TOTAL570100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1991

Do you believe every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23559.9
2) No, or7819.9
3) Are you not sure (qualified Yes)5814.8
4) Dont know215.4
TOTAL392100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1990

Do you believe every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes20549.9
2) No11828.7
3) Not sure (or qualified Yes)8320.2
4) Dont know51.2
TOTAL411100.0


BIBLE1 from Middletown Area Study, 1986

Do you believe every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE1)
TOTAL%
1) Yes21356.6
2) No13535.9
3) Not sure287.4
TOTAL376100.0


BIBLE from Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Survey, 1985

Which one of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and it should be taken literally, word for word.11137.0
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God, but it was written by men and contains some human errors.15852.7
3) The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends; God had nothing to do with it.206.7
9) Dont know, no answer113.7
TOTAL300100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1989

Do you believe every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes20952.4
2) No11328.3
3) Are you not sure7017.5
4) Dont know71.8
TOTAL399100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1988

Do you believe every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes21153.1
2) Not sure5513.9
3) No12431.2
4) Dont know71.8
TOTAL397100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1984

I would like to ask you a few questions about some other religious matters. For the first two questions, please indicate how much you agree or disagree. -- Every word of the Bible is true Do you: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree with this statement9427.0
2) Agree12134.8
3) Feel you are not sure6418.4
4) Disagree5315.2
5) Strongly disagree164.6
TOTAL348100.0


BIBLE2 from Middletown Area Study, 1986

Were you raised to believe that every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE2)
TOTAL%
1) Yes23562.0
2) One parent did61.6
3) No12733.5
4) Not sure112.9
TOTAL379100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1985

How about the statement, Every word of the Bible is true. Do you: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree11931.6
2) Agree10227.1
3) Half and half133.5
4) Disagree8422.3
5) Strongly disagree4110.9
6) Dont know174.5
TOTAL376100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1995

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word19146.5
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word15738.2
3) The Bible is an ancient book of stories, legends, history and moral principles5312.9
4) Dont know102.4
TOTAL411100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1993

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.16132.8
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.23748.3
3) The Bible is an ancient book of stories, legends, history and moral principles.7615.5
4) Dont know173.5
TOTAL491100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1992

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your feelings about the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) The Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word.14028.6
2) The Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, word for word.28458.0
3) The Bible is an ancient book of stories, legends, history and moral principles.5511.2
4) Dont know112.2
TOTAL490100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1987

Do you believe every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes25765.6
2) Not sure5614.3
3) No7920.2
TOTAL392100.0


RELGC3 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986

The Bible tells of many miracles, some credited to Christ and some to other prophets and apostles. Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closest to what you believe about Biblical miracles? (Choose one answer) (RELGC3)
TOTAL%
1) Im not sure whether these miracles really happened or not.2023.3
2) I believe miracles are stories and never really happened.910.5
3) I believe the miracles happened, but can be explained by natural causes.1517.4
4) I believe the miracles actually happened just as the Bible says they did.4248.8
TOTAL86100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 1983

Do you believe that every word of the Bible is true? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) No13235.9
2) Yes20656.0
3) Not sure308.2
TOTAL368100.0


BIBLE from Middletown Area Study, 2002

Every word of the bible is true. Do you: (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Neutral6015.5
2) Strongly Disagree5414.0
3) Disagree6516.8
4) Agree10527.2
5) Strongly Agree10226.4
TOTAL386100.0


BIBLE from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1987

Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: The Bible is the word of God. (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree1314.4
2) Disagree1011.1
3) Undecided1516.7
4) Agree2628.9
5) Strongly Agree2628.9
TOTAL90100.0


RELGC3 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987

The Bible tells of many miracles, some credited to Christ and some to other prophets and apostles. Generally speaking, which of the following statements comes closest to what you believe about Biblical miracles? (Choose one answer) (RELGC3)
TOTAL%
1) Im not sure whether these miracles really happened or not.3131.6
2) I believe miracles are stories and never really happened.1111.2
3) I believe the miracles happened, but can be explained by natural causes.1515.3
4) I believe the miracles actually happened just as the Bible says they did.4141.8
TOTAL98100.0


STORIES from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1987

Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement: The stories in the Bible about Christ healing sick and lame persons by his touch are fictitious and mythical. (STORIES)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree2932.2
2) Disagree2628.9
3) Undecided2224.4
4) Agree77.8
5) Strongly Agree66.7
TOTAL90100.0


BIB_FOLL from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? - The Bible is a detailed book of rules that Christians should try to follow. (BIB_FOLL)
TOTAL%
1) True322,02376.0
2) False62,93014.9
3) Dont Know, Refused38,7609.1
TOTAL423,713100.0


GDTRUTH from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

Here are several pairs of statements. For each pair, tell me which one comes closest to your own view. (GDTRUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Gods Truth Is Fully Revealed Only in The Bible83,87720.9
2) The Bible is One of The Many Ways in Which Gods Truth is Revealed318,36479.1
Missing21,472 
TOTAL402,241100.0


BIB_INSP from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? - The Bible is the inspired word of God. (BIB_INSP)
TOTAL%
1) True347,27882.0
2) False41,2679.7
3) Dont Know, Refused35,1688.3
TOTAL423,713100.0


BIB_ERR from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? - The Bible may contain historical or scientific errors. (BIB_ERR)
TOTAL%
1) True227,21653.6
2) False135,84632.1
3) Dont Know, Refused60,65114.3
TOTAL423,713100.0


BIB_LIT from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

In your opinion, is each of the following statements about the Bible true or false? - Everything in the Bible should be taken literally, word for word. (BIB_LIT)
TOTAL%
1) True149,14935.2
2) False239,90556.6
3) Dont Know, Refused34,6598.2
TOTAL423,713100.0


BIBLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Which of the following best expresses your view of the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) It is Gods word and all it says is true.2930.5
2) It was written by men inspired by God, but because the writers were men it contains some human errors.5355.8
3) It is valuable because it was written by wise and good men, but God has nothing to do with it.1212.6
4) The Bible is too old to be of value today.11.1
TOTAL95100.0


MIRACLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. When it comes to miracles recorded in the Bible (MIRACLE)
TOTAL%
1) I believe in them.7373.7
2) I do not believe in them.55.1
3) I am not sure because they have not been proven.2121.2
TOTAL99100.0


MIRACLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. When it comes to miracles recorded in the Bible (MIRACLE)
TOTAL%
1) I believe in them.4748.5
2) I do not believe in them.1111.3
3) I am not sure because they have not been proven.3940.2
TOTAL97100.0


BIBLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1988

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Which of the following best expresses your view of the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) It is Gods word and all it says is true.2626.8
2) It was written by men inspired by God, but because the writers were men, it contains some human errors.5152.6
3) It is valuable because it was written by wise and good men, but God has nothing to do with it.1717.5
4) The Bible is too old to be of value today.33.1
TOTAL97100.0


MIRACLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. When it comes to miracles recorded in the Bible (MIRACLE)
TOTAL%
1) I believe in them.6262.0
2) I do not believe in them.99.0
3) I am not sure because they have not been proven.2929.0
TOTAL100100.0


BIBLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1987

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Which of the following best expresses your view of the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) It is Gods word and all it says is true.2828.0
2) It was written by men inspired by God, but because the writers were men it contains some human errors.5757.0
3) It is valuable because it was written by wise and good men, but God has nothing to do with it.1515.0
TOTAL100100.0


MIRACLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. When it comes to miracles recorded in the Bible (MIRACLE)
TOTAL%
1) I believe in them.6467.4
2) I do not believe in them.1010.5
3) I am not sure because they have not been proven.2122.1
TOTAL95100.0


BIBLE from Dimensions of Religiosity, 1985

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Which of the following best expresses your view of the Bible? (BIBLE)
TOTAL%
1) It is Gods word and all it says is true.4141.4
2) It was written by men inspired by God, but because the writers were men it contains some human errors.5454.5
3) It is valuable because it was written by wise and good men, but God has nothing to do with it.33.0
4) The Bible is too old to be of value today.11.0
TOTAL99100.0




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