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Posted on 12/15/2004 10:50:47 AM PST by RKB-AFG
Jesus born in Bethlehem is news for many By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
Nearly a third of Britons do not know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, according to new research published yesterday.
A similar proportion is unaware that Jesus was Jewish or that the first man to make an appearance in the Bible is Adam. Fewer than two thirds could identify the special table normally found at the east end of a church as the altar.
But a striking 85 per cent knew that the event Christians believe occurred on the first Easter Day was the Resurrection.
The findings emerged in a survey which showed that younger people are more ignorant of the basic facts of Christianity than older ones, with the over 50-year-old group scoring the most highly.
The findings of the survey conducted by YouGov will underline the fears of many Church leaders that Britain is increasingly secular and can no longer be confidently described as Christian.
Wowee. That's pretty incredible. They really are pretty darn secular if supposed Christians can't even identify the basic facts surrounding Jesus Christ.
Worse than just secular -- they're plain bloody ignorant.
It will be that way HERE, too, if we don't
take steps to deter the inroads the ACLU
and other ultra-liberal groups are marking
in our schools.
One must wonder to whom they implore to save their Queen when they sing their national anthem.
So, who wants to be a missionary to England?
"Fewer than two thirds could identify the special table normally found at the east end of a church as the altar."
So 1/3 didn't know where Jesus was born , but almost 2/3'rds of them knew about this table thing? Does this mean we have to rearrange my church?
That's about right. Easter is about 3X more important than Christmas.
I bet more than that can name everbody who claims to have "Known" Princess Di.
If we're going to be Christians, we need to understand and know the focus of the religion.
The same can be said about the ignorance of many American people when it comes to knowing basic historical and constitutional facts.
Ah, thank you. That explains a lot.
At least the most important element of Christianity hasn't been forgotten.
In other words, the government can now point to the survey and justify the islamification of Great Britain.
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No, trust me, I'm currently living in the south of England -- they ARE ignorant and the Anglican churchs are empty all the time while the CAtholic and Baptist churchs are brimming with people, families, children, young adults etc. even on weekdays. Most Anglicans go to church only for weddings and funerals
Remember that Madam Tussauds recently potrayed Beckham as Joseph and Posh as the Virgin Mary
But mostly England is a godless country where the young don't want to study either -- all they want to do is grow up to become celebrities. Pre-pubescent girls want to grow up to become 'glamour models' (a.k.a porn stars) like Jordan.
My aunt, from Norway, was actually a missionary to England during the second world war. From the uniform she is wearing in a picture I have of her, it looks like she may have been in a Salvation Army type organization. My mom always said she was a missionary, though. Well, at least if we go to England, we will know the language!
I'd do it in a heartbeat, if I was called.
We have praise music in our church but the main focus always is Jesus. Our pastors preach the kinds of sermons that sometimes make you squirm. They're the best kind because it lets you know that something isn't right in your life. Now, what to do about it.....
You may all disagree with me, and I have no special expertise in this field, but I don't think one has to accept the Nativity stories of 2 of the Gospels (e.g., Bethlehem) to be a believing Christian.
You sure its not Cincinatti?
Historically or theologically? ... If He was never born then the second event would not have taken place.
I think Mary was going to Cincinatti, but Jerry Springer and Dennis Kucinich ran them off.
Yeah, but we have to have Christmas before we have Easter.
He needs to be born, you know!
Well, nobody can bend it like 'im....
Way ahead of you. My church has sent missionaries to England.