It is part of wider research by the Washington-based Pew Research Center into what Americans believe about God.
The study questioned more than 4,700 US adults and found that while 80 per cent say they believe in God, only a slim majority (56 per cent) say they believe in the God of the Bible. A third say that while they do not believe in the God of the Bible, they do believe in some other higher power or spiritual force.
The study did not mention any Bible verses in their questions and left the interpretation of God 'as described in the Bible' down to each respondent.
'The US is in the midst of significant religious change,' the study said, pointing to research proving that Christianity is declining while the proportion with no religious affiliation is rising rapidly. ...