Brits Flunk Religion

A recent article in the evangelical Christian Post announced “Brits Rank Religious Studies as 4th Least Important Subject for Students to Learn.” Needless to say, they were not pleased.

They did not cite any corresponding results for the U.S., but used this as a pretext for producing other results bemoaning the downfall of religion in England:

“In recent years, much has been made about the erosion of Christianity in the U.K., as seen with declining membership and attendance, as well as a wave of church closures.


In December, the History Channel and surveyed 2,000 British adults and found that one in five respondents did not know the true meaning of Christmas.


‘Almost one in 20 thought Jesus was born over Easter — the holiday which is actually held to mark his death and subsequent resurrection,’ reported the London Economic last year.


‘Around one in 10 were unable to name Bethlehem as the town considered to be His place of birth while another 10 percent were unaware He was born in a stable.’”

Christian Post failed to provide data about how Americans answered these questions. Nor did they mention that few historians believe that Bethlehem was really Jesus’s birthplace. (Virtually no Galileans were born in Bethlehem; this was a fraudulent attempt to depict Jesus as a descendant of King David.) They also neglected to mention that only 1 of 4 gospels claim Jesus was born in a stable.

Christian Post did a better job of reporting the headline results. However, they neglected to mention that people were only asked about secondary schools. The actual results were:

The results seem relatively reasonable. Brits feel that teaching sex is slightly more important than history, and much more important than business. Years ago, a strong endorsement of sex education would caused outrage. But the Christian Post failed to comment.