A Gallup (i.e. top notch) poll taken between May 5 and 8 of this year found that three in ten Americans believe that the Bible is the literal word of God.
Damn the fact that there are countless translations offering contradictory interpretations, or the mountain of historical evidence which clearly shows that the Bible in its current form was more of a negotiating tool to unite disparate tribes – “We’ll join your crew if you drop the books written by women”, or “if you squeeze in a chapter by this dude who has cultural significance to our people, we’re totally in”, for example.
But hey, maybe it’s reaching to expect people who are willing to attribute a book to a divine quill to first, say google the subject material. (Not everyone had the the marks or poor financial foresight to attend an overpriced Jesuit university and take consecutive semesters of religious history, after all.)
But what about the fact that even within the Bible, there exist passages that complete contradict one another?
In any case, here’s the poll:
For what it’s worth, a little education turns this belief right on it’s head.
Lord have mercy.