Interpreting scripture among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition among adults who believe in God with absolute certainty by interpretation of scripture

% of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty 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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Catholic 29% 42% 3% 18% 7% 4,775
Evangelical Protestant 59% 28% 4% 5% 4% 7,594
Historically Black Protestant 62% 23% 3% 7% 5% 1,694
Jehovah's Witness 49% 38% 8% 1% 4% 221
Jewish 26% 39% 3% 21% 10% 277
Mainline Protestant 32% 39% 3% 16% 9% 3,989
Mormon 35% 56% 5% 2% 2% 576
Muslim 48% 28% 11% 10% 3% 192
Orthodox Christian 35% 45% 4% 9% 8% 113
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 26% 23% 2% 39% 10% 1,805

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