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Friday, August 15, 2003
Why people have lost faith in polls

From Kristoff's Friday column:

Yet despite the lack of scientific or historical evidence, and despite the doubts of Biblical scholars, America is so pious that not only do 91 percent of Christians say they believe in the Virgin Birth, but so do an astonishing 47 percent of U.S. non-Christians[emphasis DonBoy].

So these people believe that JC was conceived under supernatural conditions, but are not "Christians". Does this mean that they believe that he was the son of God, but that the organized religion called Christianity doesn't represent him properly? Or do they believe everything in the basic Christian worldview as I understand it -- original sin, doomed to damnation, saved by the grace of God -- and just can't commit?

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