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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Resurrection: History, Faith, or What?

We have had some good conversation regarding the resurrection of Jesus, the empty tomb narratives and what not. I thought it would be fun to have an Easter Poll. Go to the sidebar. I will keep these questions up through Easter. I have tried to find questions that are straightforward and fair to the issues. But it isn't easy. I have a four different sets of poll questions on this issue. Plus I added poll questions five and six especially for non-Christian readers.

Poll questions 1-4, choose one answer
Poll questions 5-6, choose as many as are true for you.

Poll Number 1:
The resurrection of Jesus was an historical event.
  1. Yes.
  2. No.

Poll Number 2:
The Empty Tomb narratives in the gospels are more like:
  1. Reliable historical reports of an event.
  2. Creative religious legends.

Poll Number 3:
The truth of the Resurrection can be approached through historical methodology:
  1. Yes.
  2. No.

Poll Number 4:
Christianity rests on:
  1. The resurrection of Jesus as an historical event.
  2. The resurrection of Jesus as a proclamation of faith.
  3. Both.
  4. Neither.

Poll Number 5:
I am not a Christian because
  1. Christians are jerks.
  2. Christians think theirs is the only true religion.
  3. Christianity insults my intelligence.
  4. Christians insist that their myths and legends are historical facts.
  5. Christians are wrapped up in right wing politics: anti-gay, anti-choice, pro-war, etc.
  6. I am just not interested.

Poll Number 6:
I might consider Christianity if
  1. Christians behaved better.
  2. Christians valued the contributions of science.
  3. Christians valued the contributions of other faiths.
  4. Christian myths and legends could be appreciated symbolically.
  5. Christianity made the world a better place rather than a worse one.
  6. Christians were inclusive to gays, reproductive choice, against war, etc.
  7. I could find a community that respected my freedom to think and to grow.
  8. I am just not interested.
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