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  1. Jude

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    Half Britain believes in Resurrection
    By Jonathan Petre
    THE TELEGRAPH

    Nearly half of the population believes that Christ rose from the dead,
    according to a survey.

    The findings challenge the widespread view that an increasingly secular
    society sees Easter as little more than an opportunity to indulge a
    taste for chocolate - even though relatively few will go to church.
    More surprisingly, the figures suggest that belief in the Resurrection
    may actually be increasing.

    A poll in 2001, by the Fortean Times newspaper, found that a third of
    people agreed with the Biblical account of the event, and a European
    Values study in 1990 put the figure at 32 per cent.

    But almost half the respondents in the new survey, 47 per cent, said
    that they believed that Christ rose from the dead. More than a third,
    36 per cent, said they did not, and 15 per cent said that they did not
    know.

    The survey found that women are more devout than men, with 49 per cent
    agreeing that Christ rose from the dead compared with 43 per cent of
    men.

    Peter Brierley, the director of Christian Research, said that the
    figures would cheer Church leaders, especially the Archbishop of
    Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who has orthodox views on the
    Resurrection.

    "They add strength to the feeling that Britain is still a Christian
    country, as evidenced by the 72 per cent who said they were Christian
    in the 2001 census earlier this year," said Dr Brierley, a former
    Government statistician.

    "The actual percentage is higher than in some recent polls, but the
    proportion who hold the not unconnected belief in life after death has
    also been increasing over the past few years."

    Canon Tom Wright, a theologian and the next Bishop of Durham, who has
    written a book on the Resurrection, welcomed the figures, but added
    that he would like to know how people understood the belief.

    "Some people confuse the Resurrection with life after death, but they
    are not the same thing," he said. "It would be interesting to know why
    many of these people will not attend a church over Easter."

    The survey, carried out last week among a representative sample of
    1,003 people by Nunwood Consulting, a market research company, also
    found that the vast majority correctly identified the religious
    significance of Easter.

    More than two thirds, 70 per cent, said that Easter was inspired by
    Christ's death and Resurrection. Ten per cent said they thought Easter
    marked the ascension of Christ into Heaven, four per cent thought that
    it marked the Last Supper and three per cent Jesus's birth. The best
    informed group was aged between 45 and 54.

    There is a widening gap between people's beliefs in the central tenets
    of Christianity and their churchgoing habits. There were just 1.13
    million Easter Sunday communicants in Church of England parishes in
    2001, less than two per cent of the population.
     
  2. I Am Blessed 24

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    I wish this same 70% were saved. It is one thing to believe that Christ was resurrected (even Satan believes that) and a totally other thing to trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

    Since these people don't go to church it would be interesting to hear what they think it takes to be considered a 'Christian'. :confused:

    Blessings,
    Sue
     

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