July 12, 2011

Evangelical Leaders and the Bible

98 and 49

While practically all evangelical Christian leaders say the Bible is the word of God, half say not everything in the Bible should be taken literally.

A survey of evangelical Christian leaders from around the world found universal consensus on one question: 98% said the Bible is the word of God. Despite agreement on this question, evangelical leaders split on how it should be read. Half (50%) said the Bible should be read literally, while nearly as many (48%) said that not everything in the Bible should be taken literally. Evangelical leaders are similarly divided on whether it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person (49% say yes and 49% say no). There is overwhelming agreement among evangelical leaders, however, that Christianity is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (96%). Read More