This is all we could find this morning. It’s in the Telegraph, published in London: Father Christmas granted a walk-on part in the Bible.
The story is about a ComRes survey, conducted on behalf of the Christian Institute. ComRes is a leading British polling company. They gave people a list of items and asked whether each was included in the Biblical accounts of Christ’s birth. According to the Telegraph:
More than 2,000 people of all ages were polled on their knowledge of the Christmas story to test whether younger generations are becoming increasingly ignorant of religion.
Our humble blog has been mostly about ignorance of science, so the results of this poll will be a welcome change. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[A]ccording to polling, one in 10 young adults in Britain now believe that Father Christmas also makes an appearance in the Biblical account of the nativity.
Significant numbers also think that Mary and Joseph might have brightened up the stable with a Christmas tree.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But that’s not all. How about this:
Over a third of the public think that the Bible records December 25 as the date of the Jesus’s birth.
We wish they had tossed in a couple of questions about evolution. Our suspicion is that when an individual has crazy opinions about one topic, he’s likely to be an ignoramus about everything else too. It would be an interesting project for someone to explore. Anyway, let’s read on:
Perhaps more surprisingly one in 20 Britons think that Father Christmas makes an appearance in the Bible – a proportion which rises to 10 per cent among the 25 to 35 age group.
The population is becoming increasingly ignorant — how wonderful! We continue:
People who work in the public sector – a category which includes teachers – are almost twice as likely as private sector employees to think that Father Christmas features in Scripture.
Government employees are dumber than the general population? Wow — we never suspected such a thing. [That was a bit of Curmudgeonly sarcasm.] Here’s one more excerpt:
Colin Hart, head of the Christian Institute, said: “This poll shows a worrying lack of knowledge about our country’s Christian heritage that has shaped our history, institutions and laws, even who we are and our values.
“When one in 10 public sector workers, including social workers and teachers think that Santa Claus is part of the Bible’s account of the nativity, what hope is there for our children?”
Although we have no data on this, our guess is that if such a poll were limited to the science-literate segment of the population, particularly those who accept the theory of evolution, it would show that they know far more about religion than the general population. They certainly couldn’t know any less.
So there you are, dear reader. This is all we can find to blog about during the holidays. But be of good cheer — the lack of our kind of news is a good thing. Enjoy it while it lasts.
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