According to a new Gallup Poll, more than 1 in 4 Americans believe that the Bible is the actual word of God and should be interpreted literally, “word for word.” Even though that number seems pretty high, it’s actually down by 3% from 2007, and dramatically since the late ‘70s when 40% of Americans maintained that belief. The most recent poll found that a whopping 47% of Americans say that the Bible is "the inspired word of God—but not everything in it should be taken literally," meaning that more than 75% of Americans believe God inspired scripture, even though they disagree how it should be interpreted. Unfortunately, Americans’ feelings about Old Testament rock monsters were not made clear by the poll results ... Discuss

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A new Associated Press-GfK poll has found that when it comes to ideas about science that can be perceived as a conflict to religious or political values, Americans remain unsure. Though only a very small percentage doubts that smoking can cause cancer or have skepticism about the concept of genetic code, ideas like the age of the earth, the origins of the universe and man-made global warming remain contentious.

About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright disbelieve that the earth is warming, mostly a result of man-made heat-trapping gases, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old or that life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection, though most were at least somewhat confident in each of those concepts. But a narrow majority—51 percent—questions the Big Bang theory.

Researchers believe that in addition to a variety of political and religious beliefs held by many Americans, big concepts that people don’t regularly encounter (unlike cancer or illness) can often lean them toward skepticism ... Discuss

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