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

% of whites 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 2% 5% < 1% 84% 9% 141
Catholic 17% 42% 3% 30% 8% 4,827
Evangelical Protestant 54% 30% 4% 8% 4% 6,633
Jewish 9% 23% 2% 58% 8% 782
Mainline Protestant 23% 36% 3% 29% 9% 5,322
Mormon 29% 57% 5% 5% 4% 575
Orthodox Christian 18% 38% 2% 30% 11% 153
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 6% 10% 1% 77% 7% 5,490

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