Calum Miller has posted some analysis of an Ipsos MORI survey, prepared for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, that was just released two days ago on February 15, 2012. Calum’s article is over at Christian Apologetics UK: The UK Christianity Crisis. Or you can just jump to the Ipsos MORI survey (PDF) and draw your own conclusions. From Calum’s take:
Q24. Which of the following BEST describes your belief about the resurrection?
Jesus came back to life spiritually but not physically after being dead 39%
Jesus came back to life physically after being dead 32%
I do not believe in the resurrection 18%
None of these 1%
Don’t know 7%
Prefer not to say 3%
I guess this is relatively more encouraging: 71% of people identified as Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected in at least some sense. Given that over 50% of the population were identified as Christians by the census, this gives a result of 30-40% of the UK population believing in Jesus’ resurrection. I’m surprised that it’s this high, personally, so this was an encouragement in at least some way. But, of course, the problem is that only 32% of Christians believe in the cornerstone of Christianity, of which Paul wrote: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and you are still in your sins”. So, swings and roundabouts.
So, swings and roundabouts? So idiomatically British. Dawkins does have a long way to go to convince us that God doesn’t exist, at least in merry old England.