- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 21, 2014


It is not much reported in the mainstream media, but some significant majorities of Americans back the “historical accuracy” of the Christmas story, as revealed in the Bible’s New Testament. The manger, the guiding star, the virgin birth - most of the public support these occurances according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Eight-of-10, in fact say they believe “Baby Jesus was laid in a manger,” the research states. Some numbers to consider:

* 81 percent of Americans believe that “Baby Jesus was laid in a manger”; 92 percent of Protestants and Catholics agree.

* 75 percent of Americans overall believe there were “Wise men, guided by a star, brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh”; 89 percent of Protestant and 84 percent of Catholics agree.

* 74 percent overall believe “an angel announced birth of Jesus to shepherds”; 90 percent of Protestant and 90 percent of Catholics agree.

* 73 percent overall believe “Jesus was born to a virgin”; 91 percent of Protestant and 86 percent of Catholics agree.

* 72 percent overall say Christian symbols should be allowed on government property alone or accompanied by symbols from other faiths; 90 percent of Protestants and 75 percent of Catholics agree.

The strongest support for the Christmas story comes from evangelicals; 96 percent voiced their belief in all four aspects of the Christmas story. The Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project survey of 1,507 U.S. adults was conducted Dec. 3-7.

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