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Does your congregation consider the Bible to be the literal and inerrant word of God? (Asked only of Christian congregations) (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

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 (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]

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Demographic Patterns


View of the Bible (Demographic Patterns)


View of the Bible by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes70.6%
235
82.4%
309
87.8%
477
95.6%
86
8482.6%
1107
No29.4%
98
17.6%
66
12.2%
66
4.4%
4
217.4%
234
MISSING2614298077
TOTAL100.0%
333
100.0%
375
100.0%
543
100.0%
90
861341

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View of the Bible by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes95.0%
172
87.4%
318
87.6%
319
80.0%
216
66.7%
162
483.5%
1187
No5.0%
9
12.6%
46
12.4%
45
20.0%
54
33.3%
81
016.5%
235
MISSING1911111918078
TOTAL100.0%
181
100.0%
364
100.0%
364
100.0%
270
100.0%
243
41422

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View of the Bible by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes88.8%
718
79.3%
367
50.6%
40
6683.3%
1125
No11.2%
91
20.7%
96
49.4%
39
1016.7%
226
MISSING122732071
TOTAL100.0%
809
100.0%
463
100.0%
79
761351

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View of the Bible by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Yes70.9%
117
84.7%
309
89.4%
631
69.8%
134
83.4%
1191
No29.1%
48
15.3%
56
10.6%
75
30.2%
58
16.6%
237
MISSING3321111479
TOTAL100.0%
165
100.0%
365
100.0%
706
100.0%
192
1428

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View of the Bible by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes54.5%
42
95.7%
685
98.3%
348
41.4%
115
0.0%
0
83.5%
1190
No45.5%
35
4.3%
31
1.7%
6
58.6%
163
0.0%
0
16.5%
235
MISSING220065179
TOTAL100.0%
77
100.0%
716
100.0%
354
100.0%
278
100.0%
0
1425

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View of the Bible by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes89.7%
801
79.2%
313
38.5%
37
4083.2%
1151
No10.3%
92
20.8%
82
61.5%
59
416.8%
233
MISSING213025076
TOTAL100.0%
893
100.0%
395
100.0%
96
441384

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View of the Bible by Year


19982006TOTAL
Yes77.5%
891
83.5%
1191
80.8%
2082
No22.5%
258
16.5%
236
19.2%
494
MISSING8579164
TOTAL100.0%
1149
100.0%
1427
2576

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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. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.