(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — A record low percentage of Americans believe that the Bible is “actual word of God,” with more calling it a “book of fables,” similar to Aesop’s, according to a new survey.

Gallup reports that just 24 percent believe the Bible should be taken “literally, word for word.”

“This is the first time in Gallup’s four-decade trend that biblical literalism has not surpassed biblical skepticism,” said the pollster.

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