Survey discovers which aspects of the Christmas story Americans believe

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19th December 2014 16:00 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

A recent survey, which explored to what extent US adults believe the Christmas story, has found that majority believe the Christmas story is historically accurate.

The findings uncovered that of the adult respondents, 81 per cent believed that baby Jesus was placed in a manger and 75 per cent believed that three wise men followed a star, to deliver baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

As well as this, nearly three quarters (74 per cent) of the respondents believed that an angel was sent by God to announce Jesus’ birth, to the shepherds.

Looking at the demographics of the believers, it was found that women believed in aspects of the Christmas story more than men.

It was also found that the people who attend church services are more likely to believe in the story of Jesus’ birth than those who do not attend church.

Also impacting American respondents’ belief in aspects of the Christmas story was religious stance. Of those who claimed to be atheist, just 30 per cent believed that baby Jesus was born to a virgin. However, the 96 per cent of Evangelical Protestants believed the same, along with 91 per cent of Protestants and 86 per cent of Catholics.

However, 14 per cent of American adults claimed to not believe any aspect of the story of Jesus’ birth.

On the contrary, 87 percent of respondents believed parts of the Christmas story, whilst 65 per cent of Americans believed the whole biblical account.

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