Although some 80 percent of Americans say they believe in God, only a slim majority of the nation’s approximately 327 million people believe in God as described in the Bible, according to results of a new study released by the Pew Research Center.
And among those younger than 50, belief in the God of the Bible drops lower than 50 percent.
…Another significant finding from the study also showed that young adults were far less likely than their older counterparts to say they believe in God as described in the Bible.
While just over 66 percent of adults 50 and older subscribed to faith in the God of the Bible, only 49 percent of adults in their 30s and 40s supported this position. Some 43 percent of adults younger than 30 shared this view which is almost equal to the 39 percent of adults 18–29 who told researchers they believe in another higher power.
The study also found that more educated Americans are less likely to say they believe in the God of the Bible. Just over 66 percent of American adults with a high school education or less say they believe in the biblical God. Among those with some college education that number drops to 53 percent, and among college graduates it drops even further to 45 percent.
…Results from a Gallup survey published about a year ago showed that for the first time in 40 years, the share of Americans who believe the Bible is “the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word,” 24 percent, did not outpace the number of skeptics 26 percent, who view it as “a book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by man.”