from this article here
Thirty percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the actual word of God, according to a recent Gallup survey. While nearly 50 percent agree that Scripture is “inspired” by God, only three in ten say that it should be interpreted literally. Another 17 percent say the Bible is merely an ancient book of stories recorded by man. According to Gallup, the view that the Bible is divinely inspired, but should not be taken literally, has been the most common opinion over the 40 years that the pollster has been querying Americans on the issue. Gallup noted that the “high point” in the number of Americans believing in the literal interpretation of Scripture was 40 percent in 1980 and 1984, with the low coming in 2001, when only 27 percent said they thought the Bible was the actual, literal word of God.
Among specific religious groups, Gallup found that Protestant were the most hard-core in their convictions about the Bible, with 41 percent believing in a literal interpretation of Scripture and 46 percent saying it is inspired by God. By contrast, 21 percent of Catholics believe the Bible is the actual word of God, while the percentage goes up to 65 percent for Catholics who believe it is the inspired word of God. As for respondents claiming no religious persuasion, only five percent thought the Bible is the actual word of God while, predictably, 63 percent thought it was nothing more than a book of legends and fables.
so, does this mean that the fundies have a lot more work to do or perhaps our perception is driven by a media that seems obsessed with promoting christian dogma for some reason? if less than half of all christians in general don't believe the word of god is 100% accurate, then why are they so quick to defend it when science and truth prove it wrong?
any thoughts welcome!
"when science and truth prove it wrong?"
Science and truth prove what wrong, exactly? That the bible is the word of god or that the bible is true?
I am sorry, but those 30 percent of the American people obviously have either not read the bible or have no logical reasoning skill whatsoever.
Given that the bible is the definitive/absolute word of god it should be unable to contain contradictions within itself, but it does.
The next time a jahovas whitness (or however you call them exactly) rings your doorbell tell them about hod god conflicts with his own embodyment when Jezus dies for the human's sins or how God supposedly gave the 10 commandments to Mozes but Jezus(/God) will forgive you for all sins but the denial of the holy spirit.
Jezus lets you murder one another and he will still forgive you as long as you feel remorse, but the 10 commandments are supposed to be absolute.
The bible is the most corrupt thing in the organised religion that exists today.
Religion is an addiction. Adhering to scripture is the same as the drug addict relishing paraphernalia.
Of course the promoting of Christian dogma is helpful to the authoritarian view of those Americans who
call themselves "conservative" but are really reactionary "radicals".
Unfortunately for the Freethought Community, too much time has to be spent on debunking the
delusional bible instead of progressing to positive activities of a secular humanist nature.
Its my opinion that the drive by the fundies and the media is a reflection of the fear that they are losing the battle and so they are redoubling their efforts - the more they can convince other people of their teachings, the more it validates their own beliefs - they have resorted to dirty tricks and apologetics for centuries but now we have education for the masses they cant get away with stuff and nonsense quite so easily - my own biggest fear is the cutbacks which make it harder for young people to continue into higher education but there again, if adequate critical thinking skills are introduced into their lives it doesnt really matter (in the short term of course) who by or where from, so long as they are taught the ability to reason in a manner which is free from fear of retributions from the god of vengeance for not doing its bidding...... if such things are taught to children (as they increasingly are) then it spells the incipient end of religious influence in schools and then, without children to keep the abuse alive in, the inevitable end for the churches too. Here in England Ive seen so many churches closed in the last 40 years that it just has to be creating the fear and awareness in their heirarchies that the business of fooling people is quickly coming to an end... as I said at the beginning, I do believe this knowledge is driving the current great commission push....