WASHINGTON (TAB, RNS) — According to a recent Gallup Poll, only 28 percent of Americans believe the Bible is the literal Word of God — down 6 percent from 2004. That 28 percent represents close to the lowest point ever found in the survey. Meanwhile about 1 in 5 Americans view the Bible in secular terms, described in the poll as ancient “fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.” Overall acceptance of the Bible as being the “inspired” or “actual” Word of God is about the same percentage of Americans identifying themselves as Christian: 76 percent. At the same time, the 21 percent of Americans who view the Bible in more secular terms closely mirrors the 22 percent who identify with another religion or no religion.
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