65 per cent of U.S.adults believe in all four of these key elements of the Christian Christmas story: 1) that baby Jesus was laid in a manger; 2) that wise men, maybe (but not necessarily, three, came to Bethlehem, guided by a star, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus: 3) that an angel announced the birth of baby Jesus to shepherds; and 4) that baby Jesus was born to a virgin.
Maybe even worse, according to this Gallup poll – see: http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/Four-Americans-Believe-Strict-Creationism.aspx – 40 percent of Americans believe that God created mankind around 10,000 years ago; another 38 percent believe in intelligent design.
That is, (40 + 38 =) 78 percent of adult Americans doubt the scientific view of “secular evolution”!
Apparently they don’t read the blog posts here on the WEIT (Why Evolution Is True) blog. It’s a pity.
Sophisticated Theologians™ tell us all the time that only Biblical literalists or fundamentalists believe the stories in the Bible. God is, they say, much more “nuanced,” and most believers are closer to Kierkegaard than to Ken Ham.
Well, I call bullshit on that. Look at a new Pew Poll giving “Five Facts about Christmas in America.” Most of the survey is about whether we see Christmas as a cultural or religious holiday, our views on gift-giving, how we wish people happy holidays, and so on, but there’s one bit of interest to readers. That’s encompassed in this figure:
Got that, David Bentley Hart and Karen Armstrong? Got that, Terry Eagleton? Got it, all you atheist atheist-bashers who say we’re attacking a straw man? 65% of US adults believe all four of these Christmas myths. No, not all Americans are Biblical literalists about everything, but nearly all Americans are…
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