22 Dec Belief In Christmas Story Declines in US, Report Shows
A recent research has revealed that there is a decline in the US for people who believe in the truth of biblical Christmas stories. Comparing findings for this year with those from 2014, Pew Research found that only 66 per cent believe Jesus was born to a virgin, compared with 73 per cent who said this in 2014.
Only 75 per cent acknowedge Jesus was laid in a manger, compared to the previous 81 per cent in 2014, as the proportion believing in the wise men, their gifts and the appearance of the angel to the shepherds has also declined.
Those who believe in all of these things dropped from 65 per cent to only 57 per cent, reflecting a fall not just among non-Christians but among Christians too, the reports revealed. About a fifth of Americans now say none of these things actually happened, Pew found.
Other figures show fewer Americans now celebrate Christmas as primarily a religious holiday. There has also been a decline in the proportion saying Christians symbols should be allowed on government property, a regulation of which defeated Alabama candidate Roy Moore fell foul during his time as a judge when he attempted to display the 10 Commandments. Only 37 per cent agree they should be allowed, down from 44 per cent in 2014.