Interpreting scripture by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Religious tradition Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
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Buddhist 5% 9% 1% 73% 12% 264
Catholic 26% 36% 3% 28% 8% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 55% 29% 4% 8% 4% 8,593
Hindu 12% 16% < 1% 60% 12% 199
Historically Black Protestant 59% 23% 3% 9% 6% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 47% 40% 7% 2% 4% 245
Jewish 11% 24% 2% 55% 8% 847
Mainline Protestant 24% 35% 3% 28% 9% 6,083
Mormon 33% 53% 5% 6% 3% 664
Muslim 42% 31% 10% 12% 5% 237
Orthodox Christian 22% 39% 2% 27% 10% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 10% 11% 1% 72% 7% 7,556

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