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Does your congregation teach that the Bible is the literal and inerrant word of God? Remarks: This item was asked only of Christian congregations. (National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998, 2006-2007, 2012, and 2018-2019))

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


View of the Bible (2018-2019)

[Results weighted by WT_ALL4_CONG_DUP]

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View of the Bible (Demographic Patterns)

 

View of the Bible by Political Ideology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Yes
92.4%
484
81.6%
329
39.0%
48

52
82.0%
861
No
7.6%
40
18.4%
74
61.0%
75

7
18.0%
189
Missing
22
63
56
0
141
TOTAL
100.0%
524
100.0%
403
100.0%
123

59

1050


 


View of the Bible by Region (2018-2019)


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Yes
56.1%
74
76.5%
215
92.2%
482
82.1%
142
82.3%
913
No
43.9%
58
23.5%
66
7.8%
41
17.9%
31
17.7%
196
Missing
33
20
61
39
153
TOTAL
100.0%
132
100.0%
281
100.0%
523
100.0%
173

1109


 


View of the Bible by Religious Tradition (2018-2019)


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes
76.4%
55
96.8%
512
95.9%
256
37.6%
91
0.0%
0
82.3%
914
No
23.6%
17
3.2%
17
4.1%
11
62.4%
151
0.0%
0
17.7%
196
Missing
5
10
2
22
113
152
TOTAL
100.0%
72
100.0%
529
100.0%
267
100.0%
242
100.0%
0

1110


 


View of the Bible by Theology (2018-2019)


More conservativeRight in the middleMore liberalMissingTOTAL
Yes
95.0%
594
75.7%
252
15.1%
14

53
81.8%
860
No
5.0%
31
24.3%
81
84.9%
79

6
18.2%
191
Missing
21
72
51
0
144
TOTAL
100.0%
625
100.0%
333
100.0%
93

59

1051


 


View of the Bible by Year of Survey


19982006-200720122018-2019TOTAL
Yes
76.1%
880
82.6%
1183
83.7%
1014
82.3%
914
81.3%
3991
No
23.9%
276
17.4%
250
16.3%
198
17.7%
196
18.7%
920
Missing
78
73
118
152
421
TOTAL
100.0%
1156
100.0%
1433
100.0%
1212
100.0%
1110

4911



Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations. Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the 1998 NCS data was the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. Subsequent NCS waves were conducted in 2006-07, 2012, and 2018-19. The 2006-07 NCS sample includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. The 2012 NCS includes an oversample of Hispanic congregations. The 2018-19 NCS includes a subset of congregations that also were interviewed in 2012.



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