[Christianity Today UK] 8 Dec 2008--A poll out today from public theology think tank Theos has found that more than a third of Britons believe that the virgin birth really happened.
In the poll carried out by ComRes on behalf of Theos, 34 per cent of people agreed that the statement “Jesus was born to a virgin called Mary” was historically accurate, while only 32 per cent said they believed it was fictional.
Women were more likely to believe in the virgin birth (39 per cent), compared to 29 per cent of men, and respondents were more likely to believe in the virgin birth than the appearance of the angels to the shepherds announcing Jesus’ birth. Only 28 per cent agreed that really happened.
The survey of 1,005 British adults also found that Jesus’ birth remains an important event culturally and personally. While 52 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that the birth of Jesus was significant, 72 per cent of people agreed that the birth of Jesus remained significant culturally.