Religious tradition among adults ages 65 and older by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among adults ages 65 and older by religious group

% of adults ages 65 and older who are…

Interpreting scriptureBuddhistCatholicEvangelical ProtestantHinduHistorically Black ProtestantJehovah's WitnessJewishMainline ProtestantMormonMuslimOrthodox ChristianOther ChristianOther FaithsOther World ReligionsUnaffiliated (religious "nones")Don't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally< 1%17%50%< 1%11%1%1%15%2%< 1%< 1%< 1%< 1%< 1%3%< 1%2,934
Word of God; not everything taken literally< 1%35%22%< 1%3%1%2%28%3%< 1%1%< 1%< 1%< 1%4%< 1%2,539
Word of God; other/don't know< 1%28%35%< 1%6%3%1%21%1%1%< 1%1%< 1%< 1%2%< 1%348
Not the word of God2%22%7%< 1%1%< 1%7%22%< 1%< 1%< 1%1%2%< 1%34%1%2,690
Other/don't know1%26%16%< 1%3%< 1%4%32%1%< 1%1%1%2%< 1%13%< 1%816
Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.

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