Interpreting scripture among non-parents by religious group (2014) Switch to: Religious tradition among non-parents by interpretation of scripture

% of non-parents 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% 10% < 1% 71% 13% 217
Catholic 24% 36% 3% 29% 8% 5,411
Evangelical Protestant 56% 28% 4% 8% 4% 6,385
Hindu 11% 17% < 1% 62% 9% 115
Historically Black Protestant 61% 22% 3% 8% 6% 1,421
Jehovah's Witness 48% 40% 7% 2% 3% 182
Jewish 10% 22% 2% 57% 9% 661
Mainline Protestant 24% 35% 3% 28% 10% 4,844
Mormon 33% 52% 5% 7% 3% 419
Muslim 41% 32% 10% 11% 6% 147
Orthodox Christian 18% 40% 2% 28% 12% 137
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 9% 10% 1% 74% 7% 5,788

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