The Magi learned about Jesus on Facebook

Posted by    |    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 am

The Magi Journeying (Les rois mages en voyage) by James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836-1902) at Brooklyn MuseumThat’s what 30% of children surveyed in Great Britain think.  According to a poll of 1,000 school children between five and seven years of age, 36% have no idea whose birthday we will celebrate Sunday.  It gets worse: nearly 25% believe the answer is Simon Cowell.  Some 25% believe that Jesus was born at Buckingham Palace or 10 Downing Street; only 28% know he was born in Bethlehem.

Could such biblical ignorance happen in America?  As a child growing up in Houston, Texas, I didn’t know who was born on Christmas day.  When I eventually learned that Christmas observes the birth of Jesus, I remember being confused: what does he have to do with Santa Claus?  And why do we celebrate his birth, anyway?

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