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|Survey: More Americans Believe Jews Culpable for Christ's Death
A new survey released today by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press finds that 26% of Americans believe Jews are responsible for Christ's death. Pew compares this to a 1997 ABC News survey, which found 19% believed Jews are responsible. The increase is most substantial among Americans under 30 and African-Americans, who believe Jews are responsible at a rate of 34% and 42%, respectively. The number of people that believe the Bible is the literal word of God has also jumped, according to the survey. A June 1996 survey found 35% believe so; this year's survey found 40% believe the Bible is the literal word of God.
|The number of people that believe the Bible is the literal word of God has also jumped, according to the survey. A June 1996 survey found 35% believe so; this year's survey found 40% believe the Bible is the literal word of God.|
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|Originally posted by umsami
What I've never understood is if people do believe this...and are Christian...shouldn't they be grateful to the Jews? I mean... if you're Christian... without Jesus's death, there is no salvation. Jesus had to die, so to speak... to be the perfect sacrifice to attone for the sins of humanity. And, of course, let's not forget that Jesus was Jewish... a Jewish Rabbi, no less.
|Originally posted by umsami
What I've never understood is if people do believe this...and are Christian...shouldn't they be grateful to the Jews? I mean... if you're Christian... without Jesus's death, there is no salvation. Jesus had to die, so to speak... to be the perfect sacrifice to attone for the sins of humanity.
|Originally posted by playdoh
It is hopeless.
What is up with the young people (under 30s)? What happened to America's youth?
OT: Is Mel going to make the film on St. Francis?
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
|Originally posted by Colorful~Mama
i will say that a local radio station every day asks 'how many jews have been attacked due to the movie The Passion". Zero to date.
"how many synagogues have reported hate crimes since the release of the movie The Passion". Zero to date
"How many reports have there been of Jewish children suffering physical attacks by their peers since the release of The Passion". Zero to date.
it goes on and on. So I am not sure I believe for a moment that the movie is to "blame" for any increase in the belief that Jews were responsible for the death of Christ - whether or not you believe the depiction of the Jewish government as corrupt was correct or not.
|About 40 years ago popular opinion assumed that religion would become a weaker force and people would certainly become less zealous as the world became more modern and morals more relaxed. But the opposite has proven true, according to theologian and author Karen Armstrong (A History of God), who documents how fundamentalism has taken root and grown in many of the world's major religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Even Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism have developed fundamentalist factions. Reacting to a technologically driven world with liberal Western values, fundamentalists have not only increased in numbers, they have become more desperate, claims Armstrong, who points to the Oklahoma City bombing, violent anti-abortion crusades, and the assassination of President Yitzak Rabin as evidence of dangerous extremes.
Yet she also acknowledges the irony of how fundamentalism and Western materialism seem to urge each other on to greater excesses.
|Thankfully, there is also an uprising (and Ron Howard film!) going on in the US, liberating some minds from the literalism chains. I'm very excited about that.|
|I don't get it and I never will. I don't see how anyone who actually read the book can come away from it (or the movie for that matter) with the idea that a specific group of people were responsible for Jesus' death.|
|Originally posted by merpk
So. Are they not being reported? Or are they so much more common that it's under the radar screen?
|... by DaryLLL
... Gibson's movie is a symptom, not a cause, of anti-Semitism and the rise of fundamentalism ...
|Originally posted by playdoh
indie, I never said someone had no right to believe anything they choose. Not sure where you might have got that but I never wrote that.
|Originally posted by DaryLLL Most people who ID as Xtian have not read the book. They have been exposed to certain verses and stories, as interpreted from the pulpit.|
Originally Posted by Shantimama
Oops - DaryLLL, I just re-read your post and see you addressed that. I really should go to bed.
|Please tell me it isn't true about Gibson making a film about Francis of Assisi. What will he do this time?|
|Really, I want to know - is there any hope for peace on this planet?|
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