Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong among Christians by interpretation of scripture (2014) Switch to: Interpreting scripture among Christians by belief in existence of standards for right and wrong

% of Christians who say…

Interpreting scriptureThere are clear standards for what is right and wrongRight or wrong depends on the situationNeither/both equallyDon't knowSample size
Word of God; should be taken literally47%51%1%1%9,031
Word of God; not everything taken literally38%61%1%< 1%8,437
Word of God; other/don't know45%47%5%3%889
Not the word of God24%73%1%1%4,891
Other/don't know29%65%4%2%1,800
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