Last month my posts Biblical literalism or low IQ: which came first? and Educational levels & denomination got a lot of play around the blogosphere. I used the US Religious Landscape Survey to get demographic data for denominations, but I had to cobble together numbers on Biblical literalism, etc. But with a further release of data I can now flesh out almost all the denominations plotting postgrad education % vs. belief that the Bible is the literal word of god.
Clarification: Y axis = % with postgrad education. X axis = % who believe the Bible is the literal word of god.
As you can see, the trend still holds with more denominations. I decided to do this since people were curious about denomination X, and I didn’t have that included. Click the image or here for a larger version so you can see the labels. And here is a chart with all religious affiliations included (e.g., includes non-orthodox Christians such as Mormons as well as non-Christians). Below the fold I’ve put the raw data I used, but if you want to snatch it for yourself, here it is as a CSV file (if you do some statistical analysis of the data post a link in the comments and I’ll link next week).
|Word of God to be taken literally||% Graduate Ed|
|African Methodist Episcopal (Black)||57||9|
|Assembles of God||70||4|
|Church of Christ||50||6|
|Church of God Cleveland||75||4|
|Church of God in Christ (Black)||75||3|
|Church of the Nazarene||63||5|
|Disciples of Christ||35||17|
|Evangelical Lutheran Church||23||11|
|Free Methodist Church||50||7|
|Independent Baptist (Black)||68||3|
|Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod||42||9|
|National Baptist Convention||68||6|
|Nondenom. Fund Church||63||11|
|Presbyterian Church in America||35||13|
|Presbyterian Church USA||23||24|
|Seventh Day Adventist||48||5|
|United Church of Christ||15||21|
|Unitarian & Liberal||5||29|