Guest / Limited Access /
Page 4 of 4

But like flamingos at a deadly Andean lagoon, or red flat bark beetles living in Alaskan winters below -72°F, there's surprisingly robust life where you'd least expect to find it. If 2.1 percent of the U.S. is non-Christian biblical literalists, that's about 6.7 million people—the population of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. And if nearly half of non-Christians think the Bible is the word of God, "literal," "inspired," or otherwise, it may have profound implications for evangelism, outreach, interfaith cooperation, social justice advocacy, and a host of other issues that are often divided too neatly in public discussions.

Either that, or some awkward survey questions really need a makeover.

Ted Olsen is CT's managing editor for news and online journalism. Ruth Moon is a freelance reporter and contributing editor for CT. She has a master's degree in political science and is finishing another in communication. (She can actually do regression analysis but this isn't an academic journal so we just ran some simple crosstabulations.)

Read These NextSee Our Latest
RecommendedThe Lost World of Adam and Eve
The Lost World of Adam and Eve
Old Testament scholar John Walton affirms a historical Adam—but says there are far more important dimensions to Genesis.
TrendingHeaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores
Heaven Tourism Books Pulled from Nearly 200 Christian Bookstores
(UPDATED) LifeWay responds to Southern Baptist resolution on 'the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.'
Editor's PickThere's Still Power in the Blood
There's Still Power in the Blood
Remember when we used to sing about how awesome it is?
Comments
View this article in Reader Mode
Christianity Today
Meet the Non-Christians Who Take the Bible Literally, Word for ...